Author Archives: Jonathan Wilson


José Mourinho v Julian Nagelsmann: yesterday’s man v force of the future?

By | 19th February 2020

At 32, RB Leipzig’s coach is 25 years younger than his Spurs counterpart – their Champions League meeting feels like a battle of two erasOn Wednesday night, as Tottenham take on RB Leipzig, José Mourinho might look across at the opposing bench and reco…


Spurs can underscore defensive failings that threaten Lampard’s Chelsea future | Jonathan Wilson

By | 21st December 2019

For all their attacking vim Chelsea are vulnerable to rapid counterattacks, and José Mourinho’s Spurs can take advantageWhen José Mourinho arrived at Tottenham a month ago, his side trailed Chelsea by 15 points. Six league matches later, Spurs will go …


Arsenal are a reminder no one can take a place in the elite for granted | Jonathan Wilson

By | 14th December 2019

Arsenal’s downward drift means they could be one of the biggest casualties should a European super league be formedThere is a danger always in football, perhaps in life more generally, to assume certain attributes, certain virtues, certain values are e…

Pochettino pays price for Spurs’ failure of renewal but Mourinho is a big gamble | Jonathan Wilson

By | 20th November 2019

Tottenham’s current woes are rooted in the lack of signings two summers ago but is José Mourinho really the right fit?Fifty years ago this season Liverpool went to Watford, then struggling near the bottom of the Second Division, in the sixth round of t…

Champions League final battle on flanks will underline importance of full-backs | Jonathan Wilson

By | 30th May 2019

Liverpool and Spurs rely on the role to wreak havoc in attack and Saturday’s game will show how the position has evolvedIt is quarter of a century since Jack Charlton observed after the 1994 World Cup that full-back had become tactically the most impor…

Manchester City machine creaks under pressure but title a step closer | Jonathan Wilson

By | 20th April 2019

Pep Guardiola’s champions showed they are human in the fraught 1-0 win over Spurs but another obstacle has been overcome with the Manchester derby up nextAt last some cracks are showing. This has been a title race characterised by the implacable excell…

Pep Guardiola last won a big European away in 2011. Is he overthinking? | Jonathan Wilson

By | 10th April 2019

Manchester City’s loss at Spurs took his run without a quarter- or semi-final victory to 10 games. It feels more than a blipEight years ago Pepe was sent off and Lionel Messi scored two goals, one of them brilliant, as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the…

Spurs’ errors may damage hopes of breaking down Manchester City | Jonathan Wilson

By | 8th April 2019

Inherent sloppiness at crucial moments threatens to damage whatever tactics Mauricio Pochettino uses in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first legThere are two ways to play against Manchester City. You can press high up the pitch, as Liverpool …

Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows there is substance behind the smiles | Jonathan Wilson

By | 14th January 2019

Victory over Spurs not only extended the Norwegian’s perfect start as Manchester United’s caretaker manager but also demonstrated his ability to do the job long-termHe could smile, be gracious, look pleased to be there and deliver the letter U in a ple…

Mesut Özil dilemma remains as Unai Emery plots derby plans for Spurs | Jonathan Wilson

By | 30th November 2018

German enigma continues to divide opinion at the Emirates and beyond but if his manager can’t trust him then Arsenal have a problem, and an expensive one at thatTell me what you think about Mesut Özil, and I will tell you who you are. Or at least that …