Jose Mourinho has always had a spring in his step throughout his career, but over the last two months it has become a whole lot more pronounced.
After his first season with the Red Devils, which had its highs and lows, Mourinho now looks at home in Manchester, and by his own admission has matured a great deal. The results are showing as his side went into the international break joint top of the table with neighbours City.
The Portuguese master tactician hasn’t always been famed for his modesty and is no stranger when it comes to giving himself the odd pat on the back. The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has changed his tune of late and seems to be showing a lot more modesty as he looks to be relishing the chance of taking the Red Devils all the way both domestically and in the Champions League.
Speaking during the international break, Mourinho said he feels like he is a better coach because he is able to control his emotions better, and in turn he feels he has matured as a manager. He is also not taking anything for granted after their fantastic few weeks, alluding to the fact that success is determined by how you finish and not how you start.
The Reds boss also commented on the longevity needed throughout the season: “In another league, it could be said that a team that starts with seven wins and a draw would almost mean the title, not in England.” Mourinho is not under any illusions as to the task at hand and knows his troops will have to keep producing the goods until May next year.
Reinforcing his squad is vital and that’s why Mourinho is ready to bring in Leon Goretzka from Schalke. The 25-year-old is seen as one of the brightest prospects in Europe and has already made his mark with the German national side. Goretzka was part of the German side that lifted the Confederations Cup earlier this summer.
It’s clear to see why Mourinho is such an admirer of Goretzka as he has already scored four times for Germany in only ten outings. The German midfielder and Schalke ace has been setting the Bundesliga alight and will continue do so after the international break as he sends his side towards the Champions League places with more talismanic performances. Goretzka’s Schalke are a popular side in Bundesliga betting, and are backed at 2/1 to climb into the top four come the end of the season. They will need to be at their best to negotiate the road ahead but with their talented young German running proceedings, there is every chance they will.
Goretzka will be the ideal replacement for Michael Carrick and will provide that dynamic passing and vision that Mourinho is looking for in order to get his team playing the brand of football that will produce silverware.
There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho is rejuvenated and more than up for the challenge ahead after a slow first season domestically. With a couple of world-class additions like Goretzka in January, there is reason to believe his charges have what it takes to keep this early tempo up for the entire season. That will be a sure way to keep Mourinho’s renewed energy going.