Mourinho,Jenas, Tottenham

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has “stumbled into an era” where the methods that served him so well in the past no longer work, says Jermaine Jenas.

The Portuguese has delivered success wherever he has been, with major silverware almost guaranteed for those taking him on.

Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all enjoyed trophy triumphs under his guidance.

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Questions are, however, being asked of Mourinho and his methods in the present as he struggles to make an immediate impact at Spurs.

“He would go into every single game making them believe that they are the best players in the world, making them feel like they are warriors going out onto the pitch.

“He was able to do that – when you look at the Inter performances, Chelsea – you looked at Chelsea and they appeared mentality unbeatable, they were too strong at the time.

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“My fear is that he has stumbled into an era where he cannot impose those same things on a new generation. They don’t react to those methods of maybe putting them down and expecting them to respond.

We are talking about a completely different era of player.

“During his Chelsea days, he may have run into certain performances where for two weeks he may not have spoken to Frank Lampard because he felt like ‘you let me down’. Frank would have gone ‘I know how to put this right and I’m going to dig deep and get back on his good side’.

“I don’t think the players today respond well to that. His last job at United tells you that and I think right now we are seeing it as well.”

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