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He is special no more, but there is life in Mourinho yet

Eamonn Sweeney


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Toby Alderweireld heads in the winner for Spurs. Photo: PA

Toby Alderweireld heads in the winner for Spurs. Photo: PA

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Toby Alderweireld heads in the winner for Spurs. Photo: PA

There's life in the old dog yet. Just four days after a supine performance against Bournemouth which seemed like the nadir of his time at Tottenham, Jose Mourinho bounced back to engineer his biggest victory with the club.

The most satisfying thing for the Spurs manager will be that he did it his way. As his side fell back in the second half, ceding possession and territory to their local rivals, you felt Mourinho was making a sizeable rod for his own back.

It seemed an admission of inferiority guaranteed to boost claims that he is a man out of time dragging Spurs down a negative dead end.