Will Jose Mourinho try to replicate Man Utd approach?
Will Jose Mourinho try to replicate Man Utd approach?. Did Jose Mourinho’s analysis of Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool in October reveal how he might set his Tottenham team up against the Premier League leaders on Saturday?
The Tottenham head coach was a Sky Sports pundit when Liverpool last dropped points in the Premier League and his detailed verdict on how United held Jurgen Klopp’s side at Old Trafford makes for interesting reading ahead of his own showdown with the title favorites this weekend. http://www.ngahmotivates.com/
After the 1-1 draw – in which United recorded just 32.1 percent possession – Klopp was critical of the tactics of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying “they just defended” and “it’s not the usual way you think United play against Liverpool”.
But United’s approach saw them end Liverpool’s 17-game winning run at the time and, with the Reds having won every game since, in the Premier League, Mourinho may well look to replicate Solskjaer’s tactics this weekend with Spurs.
“I think he didn’t like the menu,” Mourinho said after hearing Klopp’s post-match comments. “He likes meat and he got fish. He was not happy.
“They are of course much stronger playing against an opposition that gives them chances of transitions and counter-attack and United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they play a different profile of the game.
“They try to be solid at the back, they try not to give them a chance of transition, they keep always the three center-backs in position plus [defensive midfielders, Scott] McTominay and Fred, who were always compact, and they didn’t like the menu.
“For me, [Liverpool lacked] quality as a team to play against a low block which is a problem that sometimes they have. They have this fantastic record of so many victories – but apart from that, they have some limitations against teams that play with low blocks.
“They have fantastic results but sometimes they win just in the limits. They can smash opponents that play the way they want to play against.”
So will Tottenham be dropping deep and putting every man behind the ball against Liverpool? As Mourinho pointed out, a low block would be a good way of nullifying Liverpool’s pace and threat on the counter-attack or after turnovers. But he may be reluctant to sit too far back. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/11902393/tottenham-vs-liverpool-will-jose-mourinho-try-to-replicate-man-utd-approach