Villaflor: The ordinary one?

Noel Villaflor
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Jose Mourinho probably is as baffled as anyone else with Tottenham Hotspur’s performance this season.

If Mourinho were still the manager of the Blues and his team performed that way, he’d be out of a job by now.

Just look at poor Frank Lampard, who didn’t last two seasons with Chelsea.

An uninspired Spurs managed by an uninspiring Mourinho is currently languishing at eighth spot in the Premier League.

I’ve been an admirer of “The Special One” — a title he himself proclaimed upon his arrival at Chelsea in 2004 — way back in his Porto days.

Since becoming a top-tier manager in 2000 with Benfica, Mourinho has won several league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

His biggest and most memorable achievements, though, were winning the Champions League with unheralded Porto in 2004 and with Inter Milan in 2010.

But as they say, you’re only as good as the last season.

Mourinho hasn’t snared a league title since winning the Premier League with Chelsea in 2015.

From there, everything has gone downhill for the Portuguese manager.

Three seasons with Manchester United yielded little for the club under Mourinho, at least based on his lofty standards.

After a mediocre start to the 2018-2019 season with United, Mourinho was sacked, pretty much like what happened to Lampard just recently.

After joining Tottenham in November 2019, Mourinho could only muster a sixth place finish for the Spurs in the Premier League, which meant the club also failed to qualify for the Champions League.

This season looks no better, as Tottenham has found itself nearing mid-table.

Spurs has decent attacking players such as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, while its defense is actually the second best in the league with only 22 goals allowed.

It seems The Special One’s winning ways are waning.

Does this mean that Jose Mourinho, one of the greatest football managers who ever lived, is finally on his way to becoming ordinary?