Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is predicting that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are going to be a lot more defensively improved when football can return, with action currently suspended due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Spurs appointed the experienced Portuguese boss back in November, as he became the successor to fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho has been a serial winner during his career as a manager by usually setting up his teams with a solid defence and his Chelsea team from the 2004/05 season holds the record for least amount of goals conceded in a Premier League season (15).
His reign at Spurs has started with them showing some real promise going forward, but surprisingly they have been all over the place at the back.
The North London club have played 26 games in all competitions under Mourinho so far and have conceded 38 goals in that time.
“Mark my words, next year, or whenever football begins again, Mourinho’s playing style will be different,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Spurs won’t be letting in two or three goals per game, that’s for sure. Jose will be making sure he gets that right.
“The hardest thing in football is to create a team that scores goals one end and doesn’t let them in at the other. It’s impossible. But Mourinho has done that in parts over the years.”
Mourinho has his work cut out if he wants to build a defensive platform for Spurs to work from and may need some help in the next transfer market.
There are question marks over the goalkeeper position with captain Hugo Lloris prone to errors during the past 18 months, while in the full-back area they are very short of reliable options.
Spurs also need to find a way of moving on from the Toby Alderweireld-Jan Vertonghen combination that has worked so well for them at centre-back over the years.