David Ginola backs Jose Mourinho to turn Tottenham’s season around
According to the Daily Mail (h/t The Express), Tottenham Hotspur legend David Ginola has backed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho to turn the club’s faltering season around.
The Frenchman believes that the enforced break in the league will work to the Portuguese’s advantage. The unexpected break could prove to be beneficial as a number of Spurs stars could return to fitness by the time the next fixture rolls around.
Ginola is convinced that that the club already has the foundations laid to compete at the highest level. He lavished praise on the club’s supporters while also complimenting the new stadium and training facilities.
The Frenchman prophesizes that Mourinho can help Spurs challenge at the highest level provided he is backed in the summer transfer market.
“They need to assemble a team that’s consistent enough to be able to play at the top-level year in year out.”
The burden of overachieving?
Ginola also believes that the burden of over expectations was what proved to be the downfall of former manager Mauricio Pochettino. Although the experience of playing the Champions League final was special, the Frenchman believes that it raised the bar of what was expected out of the Argentine tactician.
“I think the worst-case scenario for Tottenham was to play in the Champions League final last year,”
He stated that the club has struggled to win trophies of late in spite of establishing themselves as one of the country’s top teams. In spite of Pochettino making us a joy to watch, the fact that he never got Tottenham over the line remained a frustration for fans.
“It’s a shame because Pochettino did a great job but on the other hand because he wasn’t winning anything, people were complaining about that.”
Ginola believes that the level of success expected was a bridge too far for Tottenham. He went on to state that the club would have been better served had they succeeded domestically before attempting to do so at the continental stage.
“They were too quick in getting to the final of the Champions League.”
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Ginola was one of the finest players to don our jersey in the Premier League era. The Frenchman scored 14 goals and five assists in 108 games for us and led us to the League Cup in 1999. He also went on to win the PFA Player’s Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the year awards and was also included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season.