It looks as if a unique period now but it surely was solely 11 months again when Tottenham sacked supervisor Mauricio Pochettino and changed him with Jose Mourinho. The North London membership had reached the Champions League ultimate, which they misplaced to Liverpool, lower than half a 12 months previous to that. Nonetheless, a tumultuous begin to the brand new season noticed Spurs pull the plug on the Argentine’s five-and-a-half-year reign on the membership.
Talking to a bunch of journalists throughout a video interplay on Amazon’s documentary collection on the membership, titled ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’, Spurs’ Argentine star Erik Lamela stated the 24-hour interval inside which the managerial change was made had left the gamers shocked.
“When he left the membership after 5 years, it was a shock for us as a result of we didn’t anticipate that. It was tough for the gamers. We had been speaking between us and we couldn’t imagine it. There are plenty of nice reminiscences working along with him, which is shared by everybody within the group,” Lamela, 28, stated of his compatriot.
“We knew one another nicely, so it was tough as I stated. However the day after, we didn’t have time to consider it. The day after, everybody was prepared to begin a brand new period and alter the mentality as a group and attempt to win the following recreation. Soccer is at all times like that. We didn’t have a lot time to consider it; we would have liked to win the following recreation.”
The Argentine winger stated excessive expectations could have affected Spurs through the poor begin to final season. “It’s very tough to achieve the Champions League ultimate. If you do, the expectations are excessive after that. And that’s what occurred with us; the season after, everybody anticipated us to be on high kind once more. However that season was tough for us from the start – plenty of accidents, plenty of gamers lacking and we didn’t have luck in lots of video games too, with VAR or different issues,” he stated.
Being a part of the documentary was an uncommon expertise for the gamers on the membership and Lamela stated it felt uncommon with the cameras round. “Initially it was unusual as a result of we weren’t used to cameras recording us on a regular basis. However after some time, in the course of the season, it felt regular. We forgot concerning the cameras,” he defined.
Lamela additionally described Mourinho’s arrival on the membership the day after Pochettino’s arrival as ‘unusual’ however added that the Portuguese supervisor has come throughout as ‘a really good particular person, at all times very sincere with the gamers’. “He’s a giant supervisor. Everybody is aware of him. That second (when he joined) was very unusual for us as a result of we didn’t know a lot concerning the scenario on the membership. As professionals, we had been all pushing in the identical method. At that second, the group wasn’t doing nice and everybody was simply attempting to vary that,” Lamela stated.
Requested about his ideas on Mourinho’s speech within the documentary the place he calls upon his gamers to be ‘bastards’ on the pitch for 90 minutes, Lamela replied: “Each time a supervisor says one thing, then I feel it’s as a result of it’s a standpoint that the gamers possibly don’t have. I feel for the group, generally there are occasions the place we have to end off video games however we don’t do. We must be intelligent in several features – holding the ball, profitable a foul and many alternative conditions. And that was what he was speaking about.”
Spurs haven’t gained a trophy since their League Cup victory in 2008 however Lamela stated the membership now has a squad sturdy sufficient to compete for main honours. Tottenham signed midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, full-back Sergio Reguilon and back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer time whereas Gareth Bale returned on a season-long mortgage from Actual Madrid.
“We have now an excellent group now. The squad is huge, plenty of gamers in each place. The competitors for locations is increased, and that’s good as a result of there are plenty of video games coming in all of the competitions. And that is what we wish – to attempt to actually win one thing this season, however we have to go recreation by recreation, month by month. There might be many video games each week, each month for us, so we’ve to be calm and simply attempt to win the following recreation,” he stated.