Jose Mourinho has made a “huge difference” at Tottenham after guiding his players to the League Cup final this season, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes Daniel Levy’s decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with the Portuguese boss has been vindicated this season as Spurs also look at a potential Premier League title push.
The north Londoners beat Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday to secure their place in the League Cup final, while they sit fourth in the top-flight table – four points off leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Spurs have not won a major trophy since the League Cup back in 2008 under Juande Ramos, although they have been beaten finalists in the same competition in both 2009 and 2015 and the Champions League in 2019.
McLeish believes there has been a significant change at Spurs under Mourinho and suggested they are genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
McLeish told Football Insider: “I really do think that he’s made a huge difference since going there, obviously there was a wee bit of a hiatus and there was Pochettino, there was a kind of hangover after he left.
“I’ve always been a fan of Mourinho and Jose has done a fantastic job of reviving Spurs to the level where they are now – they are title contenders, whether they can keep the pace, that’s possible.
“It’s blooming possible because this league is really unpredictable this season and Jose has done a good job getting results.”
Spurs are still fighting on four fronts for silverware this season and will kick off their FA Cup run with a trip to non-league outfit Marine this weekend.
Their Europa League campaign will resume with a two-legged tie against Austrian side Wolfsberg in February.