Comparing Mourinho’s first 16 league games at Spurs to Pochettino’s last 16
Jose Mourinho has had a mixed start to his Tottenham career – but how does the manager’s record compare to his predecessor?
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club after a poor start to the 2019-20 season, and they swiftly appointed Mourinho to try and steady the ship.
We’ve looked at Pochettino’s last 16 Premier League games at Spurs and compared them to Mourinho’s first 16 to see if there are any signs of progress.
Spurs may have reached a Champions League final with Pochettino in 2019, but their league form at the end of last season and the start of this season was awful.
They only won four of their final 16 league games under the Argentine, drawing six and losing the other six, earning 18 points out of a possible 48.
That equates to an average of 1.1 points per game and a win rate of just 25%.
So far, Mourinho has overseen eight league wins, two draws and six defeats as Tottenham manager, picking up 26 points out of a possible 48.
That means that the 57-year-old has an average of 1.6 points per game so far and a win rate of 50%, which is a big improvement on earlier in the season but still inconsistent.
Spurs’ success under Pochettino had been built around the defensive partnership of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but their defence had started to concede cheap goals at the end of his reign.
During his last 16 games, Spurs conceded 21 goals – an average of 1.31 goals per game – and kept two clean sheets in that time.
Mourinho is renowned for bringing defensive stability to the team, but even he has been unable to fix Tottenham’s leaky defence.
They have conceded 22 goals in their first 16 league games at a slightly higher rate of 1.37 per game, although they have kept three clean sheets.
Spurs have conceded 22 goals in 16 games under Mourinho. This is the 8th worst defensive record in the league since (with Norwich, Brighton & Newcastle also only conceding 1 more goal than Spurs)
With all the talk about Kane & Son’s injuries, they aren’t Mourinho’s only issue. pic.twitter.com/ibRI0NxDxK
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Despite having Harry Kane and Heung-min Son at his disposal, Spurs were really struggling for goals towards the end of Pochettino’s time at the club.
They only managed 21 goals in his last 16 league games at a rate of 1.3 per game and Spurs only scored one or more goals in a game on two occasions.
In comparison, Mourinho’s side couldn’t stop scoring when he took over, notching 12 goals in his first four league games.
But Kane and Son’s injuries have ensured that the goals have dried up in recent weeks with 16 goals in the next 12 games.
Their biggest win under Mourinho so far has been their 5-0 win over Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December.
Overall, Mourinho’s Spurs are slightly more prolific, managing 28 goals in 16 league games at a rate of 1.75 goals per game.