JOSE MOURINHO is probably not a health care provider, however he confirmed as soon as once more he’s a high psychologist – as he received the thoughts video games with Pep Guardiola.
The Tottenham boss was at his mischievous manipulative best within the build-up as he questioned Raheem Sterling’s integrity and withdrawal from the England squad on account of “harm”.
Jose Mourinho had the final snigger as Spurs beat Manchester MetropolisCredit score: Rex Options
“Everyone knows he’ll play tomorrow,” baited Mourinho at his press convention on Friday lunchtime.
Guardiola hit again when he confronted the media a few hours later by insisting his Metropolis star was genuinely injured.
The Metropolis chief, clearly riled by his rival’s accusations, sneered: “Possibly Jose is a health care provider.”
Mourinho just isn’t, however you marvel if his prognosis was behind Pep’s resolution to not begin Sterling yesterday.
When the ahead pulled out of final month’s England squad with one other harm he began and scored the one objective in opposition to Arsenal in Metropolis’s first sport again from the worldwide break.
Mourinho will need to have been delighted when he noticed Sterling’s title among the many subs when the team-sheets had been handed in yesterday.
Particularly as his Tottenham beginning line-up included Steven Bergwijn, who coincidentally had been despatched dwelling early from the Netherlands squad on account of harm.
You can not make it up.
Pep Guardiola referred to as Jose Mourinho a health care provider after the Particular One believed Raheem Sterling would make a restoration to play for Man MetropolisCredit score: Reuters
Guardiola insisted Sterling didn’t begin as a result of he had solely skilled as soon as final week.
However certainly if he was match sufficient to be on the bench, he was match sufficient to play.
Metropolis definitely might have finished with him as they dominated play however paid for failing to take their probabilities in entrance of objective – in what was an archetypal smash-and-grab win for Tottenham.
Mourinho might have ridden his luck at occasions, however his ways earlier than the sport and through it had been spot on.
Victory means the Particular One is again the place he has at all times insisted he belongs – on the high of the Premier League.
Metropolis are already eight factors behind them, albeit with a sport in hand.
However many extra outcomes like this and proprietor Sheikh Mansour shall be checking to see if the ink remains to be dry on the brand new two-year deal his supervisor signed final week.
I jest, in fact. Guardiola’s record and trophy haul since he arrived on the Etihad in the summertime of 2016 has earned him loads of cache.
However there isn’t a doubt he faces a large problem to rejuvenate a Metropolis aspect as soon as impregnable however now seen as genuinely beatable.
Guardiola faces a large job on his arms to rejuvenate Man MetropolisCredit score: EPA
Accidents to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have hardly helped his trigger and is among the fundamental causes they arrived in N17 with solely 10 targets from their opening seven top-flight matches, in comparison with an unimaginable 27 on the similar stage of final season.
Metropolis have additionally been hindered by accidents in defence and we’re nonetheless speaking about their failure to exchange talismanic Vincent Kompany nearly 16 months after he left the membership.
Each areas are points Guardiola has irresponsibly didn’t resolve – and it isn’t like they don’t have a couple of quid to spend.
Metropolis are nonetheless a delight to look at going ahead and had sufficient probabilities to have received comfortably.
Guardiola didn’t underestimate Tottenham, even when he did the climate.
The Spaniard shivered in entrance of the cameras as he carried out his pre-match TV interviews on the touchline earlier than kick-off and not using a coat.
Thankfully, he remembered to don his trademark woolly cardigan thingy when he re-emerged from the dressing room for kick off.
Sadly, he then noticed his defence caught chilly as Son Heung-min slotted Spurs right into a fifth-minute lead with a objective that highlighted Metropolis’s defensive frailties of current months.
Aymeric Laporte was lured into no-man’s-land far too simply by Harry Kane, permitting Son to run in behind to attain from Tanguy Ndombele’s sensible move.
Actually, the closest any Metropolis defender received to a Tottenham participant was when John Stones and Joe Hart jokingly wrestled one another within the pre-match warm-up.
Son Heung-min celebrates opening the scoring for SpursCredit score: EPA
Laporte had a objective dominated out by VAR, however the guests had been blunt in assault.
When the TV cameras panned to a shot of Mourinho writing in his pocket book within the dugout you puzzled if it was a prescription.
Guardiola wants a treatment for his defenders’ waywardness as sub Giovani Lo Celso added a breakaway second for Spurs within the sixty fifth minute.
Mourinho’s day was made complete when Sterling was despatched on for Riyad Mahrez.
He advised us he would play, didn’t he.