Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho pulled off a masterstroke in their Premier League win at the weekend that the cameras did not pick up, according to Football London.
The Spurs boss masterminded his side to a 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which helped his team to the top of the table, where they remain on goal difference.
Despite having just 34 percent possession and being hit with 22 shots, Tottenham held firm at the back and scored with their only two shots on target, via Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso.
During the game, Mourinho had first-team assistant Ledley King alongside him in the dugout, while Joao Sacramento, normally a fixture alongside the Portuguese, wasn’t with him.
According to Football London, Mourinho had Sacramento sat about five or six rows up in the west stand directly behind the dugout, something the cameras didn’t pick up.
The outlet notes how Sacramento’s expertise is in tactical analysis, and is considered one of the Europe’s brightest young minds in the field, pioneering aspects of video analysis of games.
And during the match against Pep Guardiola’s side, Sacramento was reportedly focused on a tablet on his desk as well as the game and kept shouting down to the rows to Mourinho and King.
It sounds like a no-brainer when you think about it, but what a great decision by Mourinho to have a coach well versed in tactical analysis deployed higher up, so he can relay information from a better vantage point and enable the team shape to be tweaked accordingly.
Whether Mourinho’s decision was a one-off against one of the most difficult opponents Spurs will play this season or it becomes a regular occurrence remains to be seen, but it certainly helped the North Londoners to victory.