Tottenham Hotspur have had quite the week.
Starting at the summit of the Premier League, one draw and two defeats has left them down in sixth and six points adrift of Liverpool at the summit.
And it’s starting to tell on Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese started the week having, in the words of Jurgen Klopp, enjoyed a reinvention of sorts, at least on Instagram anyway.
The Special One was popular again and, with Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane in fine form, looked to have the firepower to put a dent in the title race. He was doing it all with a smile on his face.
But in the space of three games he has shown why he’ll struggle to overthrow the current champions of England.
And the scowl returned.
Mourinho claimed that the best side lost at Anfield on Wednesday, having watched his side miss several big chances before Roberto Firmino’s late winner.
But after seeing his side enjoy just 24% possession against the Reds, as well as having eight shots to Liverpool’s 17, including just two to the Reds’ 11 on target, it was a difficult claim to justify.
And he was at it again after a defeat to Leicester on Sunday, bizarrely justifying his stance by claiming Spurs enjoyed more of the ball and dismissing the Foxes’ goals.
“We went 1-0 down and then in the second-half we score an own goal when we had the word that you [the media] love, possession, and we were in more creation and that was difficult.
“The reaction was positive. [Kasper] Schmeichel made a couple of important saves that could have given us the life for the last minutes of the game.
“But in the end, it’s a game that we lose with a penalty and own goal. With the result it looks like the opponent was totally in control or the opponent was better than us, but that’s not the reality.
“Our performance was not good, but the game was not like they deserve to win or we deserve to lose.”
And after seeing his side draw with Palace at the outset of the week, perhaps Mourinho is, in typical fashion, looking to mask the truth of the matter for his side.
Namely that Spurs are perhaps not good enough to go all the way in the title race. Or perhaps more to the point, not with the style of football Mourinho currently employs.
Mourinho remains an excellent manager, that much is clear.
And he has done an admirable job at Tottenham so far.
But the defensive tactics he now employs aren’t likely to turn a side into title winners.
His Chelsea sides, while watertight at the back, were still more than capable in front of goal.
With the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff in their ranks, they scored 72 goals in consecutive seasons to win back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. Only Arsenal, in 2005, scored more goals than the West Londoners.
In 2012, when Mourinho won La Liga with Real Madrid, his team scored a whopping 121 goals to romp to the title.
Two years earlier, Mourinho’s Inter Milan were top scorers in Serie A as they won the title and the same for Chelsea in 2015.
But in recent years, as the Portuguese has tried to upset the odds by making Manchester United champions again and then at Spurs, he has doubled down on his defensive approach.
At Spurs he doesn’t have the financial power to trump his rivals and he needs a find a different way.
So he has turned to tactics and mind games.
But Mourinho is in denial about Spurs this week. He knows they were second best at Anfield and failed big tests at Palace and Leicester.
And as the North Londoners join Chelsea, Everton and even Leicester in fading into the pack behind the Reds, he also knows he is swimming against the tide in trying to get them back into the title race.
With that realisation the mask has slipped and the finger is being pointed in all directions.
First Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, then Leicester and the media.
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But Mourinho’s struggles just underline why Liverpool remain overwhelming favourites to regain their Premier League title.
A number of pretenders have been put forward this season, Manchester United being the latest.
And while the teams around the top six continue to change, one thing remains very much the same.
Liverpool aren’t going away and with light at the end of the tunnel in terms of their injury problems, they can step things up even more after the turn of the year.
Mourinho won’t like that one bit.