Jose Mourinho’s leadership move means Tottenham can finally win Premier League title
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Nobody is laughing any more when I say Tottenham are going to win the title – because Jose Mourinho has leaders all over the pitch.
There you go, I've called it.
Sixty years after they were last champions of England, the crown really might be coming back to White Hart Lane. Different ground, same postcode.
I know I tipped Liverpool before a ball was kicked, but I fear their defensive injury crisis may be too much even for the masterful Jurgen Klopp to overcome.
And although people scoffed a few weeks ago when I said Spurs should be taken as serious title contenders, they are not so sceptical now.
The league table tends to take shape after 10 games, and the stats don't lie.
The Special One has got his groove back
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Tottenham currently have the best defence in the Premier League, and only Chelsea – who they meet this weekend – have scored more.
When Tiger Woods won the US Masters last year, his first triumph in a golf 'Major' since 2008, everyone was calling it the greatest comeback in sport.
If Mourinho leads Spurs to the holy grail, it would be his ninth title – in four different countries – since 2003.
For me, that would confirm him as the Special One.
Mourinho is a three-time Premier League winner
How has he turned them into the team to catch?
Simple: By assembling a squad of quality in depth and captains in every department.
When we talk about Manchester United lacking leaders on the pitch, Mourinho is showing his former club how it's done.
In goal he has Hugo Lloris, a World Cup-winning captain with France and at the back, Toby Alderweireld has won more than 100 caps for Belgium.
In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was captain at Southampton before he moved to north London, while up front, Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Gareth Bale all captain their respective countries.
Hojbjerg has hugely impressed since arriving
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Add a sparkling new stadium, a space-age training ground and the motivation to end 4,661 days (and counting) without a trophy, and I believe Tottenham Hotspur have all the ingredients to be champions.
When they conceded those three goals in a mad last eight minutes against West Ham, the old 'Spursy' taunts came out to play.
But nothing would be more 'Spursy' than Mourinho turning logic on its head and winning the Premier League.
Nobody thought Leicester could win it in 2016, but it happened. Why not Tottenham?
Spurs won 6-1 at Old Trafford, a sign of how brutal their attack can be
They have gone to Old Trafford and hit United for six, they have gone to Southampton – who have been flying – and scored five, and they have beaten Manchester City.
If they come through the next five games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Palace, Liverpool and Leicester top of the pile, Mourinho will take some stopping.
When I played against Spurs, they were always expected to play with style and win – in that order.
Now they have learned simply to win because they have a serial winner in charge and a whole regiment of leaders on the pitch to execute his game plan.
Spurs are continuing to impress
Mourinho has a squad who can win games in different ways – by taking teams apart, as Spurs did at Old Trafford, by sitting deep and hitting them on the counter, as they did against City, or by sheer persistence, like their late goal at West Brom.
And their quality runs deep.
Of the team who took Ludogorets apart in Europe on Thursday night, only Tanguy Ndombele started the 2-0 win against City five days earlier.
Last season I called it in November – Liverpool to win the title – and 12 months before that, I said nobody was going to catch City.
I may be sticking my neck out again, but fortune favours the brave: Yes, I believe Tottenham are going to end 60 years of hurt this season.
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