‘Perfect’: Dimitar Berbatov backs Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham
Spurs legend Dimitar Berbatov gives his verdict on Jose Mourinho's appointment at Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov says Jose Mourinho is the “perfect” appointment for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs confirmed Mourinho as their new manager on Wednesday morning less than 24 hours after Tottenham parted company with his popular predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentinian head coach paid the price for the north London side’s difficult start to the Premier League season after earning 14 points from 12 games.
Pochettino led Tottenham to their first-ever Champions League final back in June before Spurs lost 2-0 to domestic rivals Liverpool FC in the Madrid showpiece.
Mourinho has returned to Premier League management 11 months after Manchester United sacked the two-time Champions League winner.
The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager has a point to prove in the English top flight after his disappointing spell at Manchester United.
Ex-Spurs striker Berbatov believes Mourinho is a great appointment for Tottenham given the north London side want to win trophies.
“It came as a big surprise to me, I wasn’t expecting that, I don’t think anyone did,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“They had their problems at Spurs but to do it now seems strange to me. For me he was the perfect guy for the club, but obviously after a while, a time comes when you need a change because you get used to things, you reach your potential and you plateau.
“When that happens, you need to find a change and yes, they have probably reached that plateau as a team and it was not beneficial for both sides so they have parted ways, but I regret that they have taken this decision.”
Tottenham finished in fourth position in the Premier League in their last four seasons under Pochettino.
Spurs are facing an uphill battle to break into the top four this season after a poor start to the Premier League campaign.
The Lilywhites spent a club-record transfer fee on Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in the summer.
Spurs have never won the Premier League title and their best finish is third place.