One thing that has characterized Jose Mourinho's teams over the years is the way that they control the game and secure the lead when winning.
That has not been the case since his arrival with Tottenham Hotspur though.
According to OPTA, if Premier League matches ended at half-time this season, Tottenham Hotspur would be second in the table.
2 - If Premier League matches ended at half-time this season, Tottenham Hotspur would be second in the table. They have thrown away half-time leads in a league-high six matches in 2020-21. Collapse.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 5, 2021
We look at Spurs' inability to keep a lead on 'The Analysis' via @OptaAnalyst
Spurs have thrown away half-time leads in a league-high six matches in 2020-21, including their most recent Premier League fixture against Newcastle United at St. James Park.
Worst spell for Jose
Mourinho, who is averaging 1.68 points per league game with Spurs, is having his worst-ever spell as a league manager.
When asked about why this team is not securing leads like his former clubs have done in the past, Mourinho responded with “Same coach, different players.”
OPTA confirmed Spurs have already dropped more points from winning positions in the league this season (15) than Mourinho’s Chelsea did in his entire 120-game spell in the competition between June 2004 and September 2007 (14).
Some of the points dropped by Spurs this season have been inexplicable, including blowing a 3-0 lead against West Ham at home as well as drawing with Wolverhampton, Newcastle United twice, Fulham and Crystal Palace.
Chance to save the season
There's still a chance for Spurs to not have a completely losing season, considering they will be playing the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley against Manchester City this month.
Tottenham Hotspur currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, only two points away from a top four spot, which would guarantee UEFA Champions League football next season.
If Spurs fail to win the Carabao Cup and don't end the league as a top four club, most likely Jose Mourinho's time in North London will come to an end.