Peter Crouch has jumped to the defence of Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who he strongly believes is not finished as a manager and is somebody that is going to be hunting down silverware this season.
The Portuguese boss took charge of Spurs midway through the last campaign during difficult circumstances, as he was replacing popular figure Mauricio Pochettino and the season was then further delayed due to lockdown restrictions.
But he’s starting the new season this weekend at home to Everton and will look to have a full campaign to drive his team to success.
The North London club managed to climb to sixth in the league table last season to secure European football, but surely the aim now has to be to finish in the top four.
Crouch has predicted that his former side Spurs are going to miss out on the Champions League positions, but he is backing Mourinho to do well at the club.
“People are quick to say Jose is finished but I am not having it. You can’t keep looking to the past and how he was in his first spell at Chelsea or even 10 years ago at Inter Milan. I am pretty sure he will do well with Spurs,” Crouch told the Daily Mail.
“I don’t think they will finish in the top four this season but he will want to win a trophy. He is a serial winner and he will have his eyes firmly on a piece of silverware.”
Spurs from a financial standpoint would surely much rather finish in the top four next season than win a domestic cup, but it would be interesting to see if supporters would go down the same chain of thought.
They haven’t won a piece of silverware in 12 years since they won the League Cup under manager Juande Ramos and somehow their fantastic team of the last few seasons has failed to win a trophy.
Mourinho is a controversial figure that many feel has lost his golden touch in recent years, but his track record of winning speaks for itself and he has the winning mentality to drive into the dressing room.