The moment Tottenham Hotspur fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.
Amazon Prime's All Or Nothing documentary is out this morning, with the first three episodes available for consumption.
The show goes behind the scenes at Spurs, in what has been a memorable year both on and off the pitch for Daniel Levy's outfit.
Mauricio Pochettino was axed, Jose Mourinho was hired, the team struggled at times in both the league and the cups, and the new stadium was opened to the world.
So, what exactly did we learn from the opening episodes of the eagerly anticipated new doc?
Mourinho doesn’t shy away from expletives
If Mourinho does his best to give off a cool and disinterested persona in public, he certainly doesn’t hold back in the dressing room.
There are plenty of outbursts from the Portuguese coach in the documentary, most of which are not suitable for kids.
It is hardly surprising, though, given the intensity of his approach to the game. Mourinho has always been demanding and confrontational, sometimes to his detriment. It perhaps explains why he generally doesn’t stay at clubs for more than a few years: players can only withstand his motivational tactics in the short term.
It feels, though, that the mood is good at Tottenham after a productive end to the season.
Levy had only one target to replace Pochettino
Spurs owner Daniel Levy describes the decision to sack Pochettino as “the most emotional” of his life early in the documentary.
But there was no hesitation when it came to the Argentine’s replacement. Levy, a self-confessed admirer of Mourinho, was single-minded in his pursuit of the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager.
An admission from one of Mourinho’s lawyers – who claims in the first episode that his team “did well to keep it quiet” – suggests that the appointment had been all but confirmed for a while before the official announcement.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice for Mourinho
Mourinho reveals that he was only ever given one pointer from legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford.
And that was simply to sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
“But he’s not a good trainer and we need to find the right motivation for the guy,” Mourinho adds in All or Nothing.
That is not the only time the Spurs boss singles out Alli for criticism in the documentary.
“F**king lazy,” he supposedly told the England international on his first day in charge of the team. “I am going to be a pain in the ass for you, and you are lucky because when I am a pain in the ass, it’s a good thing.
“I don’t know if it has to be your lifestyle. If you want periods [when] you are an amazing professional, if in another period, you become a party boy. I have no idea. Only you can know that. Time flies and one day you will regret [it] if you don’t reach what you can reach.”
Kane and Pochettino had close relationship
It does not take long for viewers of the documentary to discover that Harry Kane and Pochettino were close.
And that is hardly surprising, given the former’s development into one of the best strikers in the world under the guidance of his manager. Kane, too, played a huge part in Pochettino’s success at Spurs.
The striker reveals after the Argentine’s departure is confirmed that he spoke on the phone with him about the news, which appeared to take both by surprise.
Mourinho, shortly after his arrival, calls for a meeting with Kane, in which he discusses the situation.
“I believe that you have a very good relationship with Mauricio, I love that. I always think, ‘Good relationship with the previous manager. Why not me?’" says the new manager.
“I saw you training yesterday and I have no doubts that you are a leader. That is my feeling. The world looks to English football with an incredible respect but they still think that the movie stars of football belong to other places. We have to build also your status in that direction.
“My profile, I am [a] little bit like that as a coach. My dimension is universal and my being with me I think I can help you to (makes explosion gesture).
“What I don't accept, because it is my nature, to be here and win nothing. But I feel that we can because of you.”
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Spurs’ players were ‘too nice’
Mourinho wastes no time in emphasising the need for his players to be more ruthless, more cynical. Sentimentality has never been a prominent trait in his managerial career.
“What I’ve been gathering basically is that it’s a team that is too nice,” Mourinho says to his assistant Joao Sacramento in All or Nothing. “Even in competition they are too nice. Nice boys. They say Dier is the only guy who likes living the conflict during the game.”
Whether Tottenham have made the required transition and become, as Mourinho puts it, “b*stards” and “intelligent c***s”, remains to be seen.
Expect a bit more abrasiveness from Spurs next season.
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