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Defensive Mourinho back in fashion

Tottenham are top of the Premier League thanks to Jose Mourinho's pragmatic brand of football. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Jose Mourinho can deny it.

He can pretend Tottenham were disappointed they did not win at Chelsea last week. Yet the evidence of both the naked eye and the statistics tells us a different story: Spurs played for a stalemate. They got one, too.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 06, 2020, with the headline 'Defensive Mourinho back in fashion'. Subscribe