Jose Mourinho reply Paul Merson’s Harry Kane reproval with stats
Jose Mourinho has rebuffed claims by popular football pundit, Paul Merson, after the latter questioned Harry Kane’s goal scoring record under the Portuguese.
Aftermath of Tottenham’s draw against Manchester United, Merson, criticized Kane’s performance in the game.
According to the Sky Sports pundit [Merson], Kane’s underwhelming display may be a foreshadow of the future because of Mourinho’s pattern of play.
“When Jose took the job I worried for Harry Kane.
“He played under Pochettino and Tottenham had a go wherever they went. There were goals, there were crosses, there were shots.
“He’s going to be playing up front on his own and it is going to be hard work. In the end he is trying to hit 60-yard passes just to get involved in the game and that’s not Harry Kane.” said Merson.
“I think he’ll have a serious think at the end of the season, I really do. I don’t see him getting 25-30 goals a season the way Jose will want to play, and he (Mourinho) won’t want to play like it was when he first got in there, 4-2s and 5-3s, no way. He’ll like those games last night, the 1-1s.
Jose Mourinho, in a four-minute presentation, countered the claims by Paul Merson, pointing out the 7 goals in 11 games Harry Kane scored under his guidance before the striker got injured.
Mourinho is renowned for his vicious response to statements like this. But on this occasion, he has decided to respond in a subtle manner for reasons best known to him and maybe, to some of us.
“I feel a bit strange about some comments, especially because it looks for me that the beginning of some comments and analysis started from Paul.
“I have to say I respect a lot, people like him. And because I respect a lot I want to be nice in my answer. I don’t think he is ready for a bad answer.” said Mourinho.
The Portuguese delivered a reserved response, and instead compared Harry Kane’s display to that of Anthony Martial.
“I try to be nice and I try just to say something where people can think a little bit. First of all Harry played his first game for six months and if you watch the game and analyse the game, compare Harry Kane with Anthony Martial.
“It was not a game of many chances. Do you give credit to my defence for Martial’s game? Do you give credit to the United defence to the occasions we did create or didn’t create? I think you have to look at it in a balanced approach.
“In our case Harry doesn’t play a game for six months. The record of goals that Harry has with me is easy for you, just go to your data and it is easy to see how many matches Harry played with me before his injury and how many goals he scored.”
The Tottenham manager then made reference to the stats of notable strikers that have played under him.
“I had one guy called Drogba. He played four seasons for me, he scored 186 goals, which gives an average of 46 goals per season.
This particular stat provided by the Portuguese tactician is incorrect as Drogba scored 73 goals in 186 games but his accuracy with the stats he read out later is certainly enough to buy him our pardon.
“I have one guy that is not also bad. He plays for Juventus now. He played for me three seasons, he scored 168 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season.
Without doubts, Mourinho was referring Cristiano Ronaldo, here who recently moved to Juventus.
The Gaffer then continued his presentation with records of Karim Benzema, Diego Milito, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I have another guy that is not also bad called Karim Benzema. He played for me three seasons, he was not always starting because he was quite young, but he scored for me 78 goals in three seasons, which gives a 26-goal average per season.
“I had another one called (Diego) Milito. He played one season for me, he scored 30 goals, he won three titles. Of course the average is 30. I had another guy that plays for me one-a-half seasons, because in the other half he had a big injury. Tall guy called Zlatan. He scored 58 goals, which gives a 29 average per season.
“So, dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you, I think Harry Kane has no problems at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he is fit, when he has routines of playing. So that’s my message to somebody that I have lots of respect for.” said Mourinho.
Going by Jose Mourinho’s reputation and antecedent in previous similar situations, Paul Merson definitely got away with one, but in truth, Harry Kane had a game to forget in that game.
Paul Merson have had to fight his mental issues demons and maybe, just maybe, that’s why Mourinho, out of respect for Merson, decided to go easy on him.