Jurgen Klopp impressed with Jose Mourinho turning Spurs into ‘results machine’


By: Reuters |

December 15, 2020 8:21:10 pm

Jurgen Klopp with Jose Mourinho on the sidelines. (File)

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he has risen above criticism and bounced again to stake his declare as being a high supervisor after guiding Tottenham Hotspur to the Premier League summit, Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp mentioned on Tuesday.

Mourinho’s Spurs have one of the best defensive document within the league and are forward of reigning champions Liverpool on objective distinction going into Wednesday’s top-of-the-table conflict at Anfield.

Although Spurs have been accused of being a defensive, counter-attacking workforce, Klopp mentioned there was extra to their recreation than meets the attention and drew similarities with his personal aspect.

“He (Mourinho) showed obviously some comeback skills, if it was that. Very impressive, what he has done at Tottenham,” Klopp informed reporters.

“The approach they play this 12 months is de facto good, he turned them into a results-machine… Counter-attack just isn’t their solely technique, they’re a correct footballing aspect.

“Harry Kane drops (deep) in a way Roberto Firmino has done. Quick wingers… A very offensive midfielder in (Tanguy) Ndombele, then very strong midfielders behind. That is football, you cannot be top of the league with only counter-attacking.”

Klopp is cautious of Spurs’ goalscoring duo of Son Heung-min and Kane — who’ve a mixed 19 targets and 14 assists within the league — however identified they weren’t the one threats within the aspect.

“Unfortunately, if we keep them (Son and Kane) quiet, they are still a lot of really good players… with threats from a lot of areas on the pitch,” Klopp added.

“(Steven) Bergwijn performs an vital position in counter-attacking moments. Ndombele wanted a bit longer to settle at Tottenham, however he’s now 100% there.

“(Giovani) Lo Celso, (Moussa) Sissoko, (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg – a proper unit in midfield. It works well together… And Gareth Bale being fit again is another threat.”

Klopp mentioned defender Joel Matip was a doubt for the conflict as a consequence of again spasms whereas he’ll take a late name on midfielder Naby Keita.

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