Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been described as “one of the greatest of the modern era of football” by Sheffield United counterpart Chris Wilder (BBC Sport).
Spurs head to Bramall Lane on Thursday night as they face the Blades, who were flying high in the Premier League before the football suspension but have since stumbled.
Tottenham drew 1-1 with Sheff Utd on 9 November last year, and just over a week later, Mauricio Pochettino was sacked and Mourinho was quickly appointed as his successor.
To date, the Portuguese has taken charge of 28 games for his new club, with 12 wins, six draws and 10 defeats (Transfermarkt).
Although Tottenham suffered a downturn in form prior to the football shutdown, this was largely attributed to a number of key injuries to the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Spurs were unlucky to be held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in their first game back but went on to beat West Ham 2-0 in their next fixture.
“Two of proudest moments [this season] were Spurs and Man United, even though we didn’t win which is a strange one for me,” Wilder told BBC Sport (10:32). “It was a good afternoon for us and we need to reproduce that to get anything from the game on Thursday.
“Being in the Premier League, our club going head to head with Spurs is great reward for what we’ve achieved the last few years. The manager is one of the greatest of the modern era of football, without a shadow of a doubt.”
While Mourinho’s early days weren’t universally acclaimed by the Spurs fanbase, there’s no doubting the Portuguese’s CV and his knack of building winning teams, not to mention Tottenham’s improved form post-restart.
Even though it won’t be the easiest of summers – not just for Spurs but for most clubs worldwide, in wake of current events – Mourinho has what it takes to put a winning team together.