No longer the special one, Mourinho heads to Roma in search of revival

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho gestures during their English Premier League match against Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on January 2, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • Much the same dynamic had played out in previous spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid, marked also by running feuds with opposition managers and the press, and a surly unwillingness to admit any shortcomings.
  • Despite periods of optimism this season at Tottenham, including beating United 6-1 at Old Trafford and briefly topping the Premier League table, a barren 2021 has seen the team repeatedly squander winning positions.

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