Jose Mourinho has a twinkle in his eye which makes you think there might just be something going on at Tottenham.
Second in the Premier League, two points off top spot and a world class player scoring even though, by his own admission, there is a lot more to come from him.
In a season when results and score lines continue to cause amazement, there might just be a surprise package in the title race and Tottenham might be the dark horses this time.
Few gave them a chance of the top four this season and yet their start to the campaign suggests that might be the very least of their ambitions.
Gareth Bale was a superstar signing in the transfer window designed to give Tottenham’s season a boost, the whole club got a lift and his first goal since his return gave them their first home win in the Premier League.
Harry Kane is in the form of his life – six goals, eight assists and 199 goals for Spurs – while Heung-Min Son is also flying and a front three with Bale is a tantalising prospect.
Tottenham boss Mourinho also looks a bit more like his old self rather than last season’s version when he was angry, annoyed and blaming everyone else for results.
This season, Mourinho is getting results and his little jibe about Bale after the Brighton win was classic Jose. It was him at his best, poking fun at Real Madrid and getting payback on his former club and supporters to show what Bale’s former club what they are missing.
“When I have five minutes I’m going on Safari (the internet) to the Real Madrid website to see what they say,” said Mourinho.
That is classic Mourinho. After the moodiness and unhappy times at Manchester United, if this is truly the Happy One as he called himself when he arrived at Tottenham, then maybe Spurs are on the way back.
If you talk to people behind the scenes then they talk of a manager completely fixated on success, he is popular again and determined.
Tottenham fans have taken time to warm to him because they loved Mauricio Pochettino so much and Mourinho was a former Chelsea boss plus his style of football is hardly the Spurs way.
But Tottenham’s trophy cabinet has hardly been overflowing in recent seasons and maybe they need Mourinho’s winning habit to get them over the line.
His updates on Instagram and social media have also gone down well from eating crisps on a private jet to revealing his public frustration at performances. At a time when fans are excluded from stadiums, they have been invited back into the secret side of the Special One.
It is a philosophy which has also won over the players as Eric Dier says Mourinho’s single minded attitude has left them believing they can win every game.
Dier said: “It’s very early on but our motivation is clear. For us, we’re going into every game to try and win. We know that’s not possible but that’s our ambition. We’re going into every game, no matter the competition believing we can win.
“That’s a great feeling and it’s a great feeling to have. That’s the objective and the manager sets that tone from above. It’s very early on but we’re focusing game by game and trying to win every game we play.”
The crazy, topsy turvy nature of the season does also give weight to the argument that we could have an unexpected winner even if it still feels early to be talking about title contenders.
Dier added: “The work with the manager has been great because you know where you stand every game and he wants to win it and the focus is completely on that. That’s his focus, no matter what the competition is. That’s always his focus and our focus.
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“It’s been very difficult for everyone and the circumstances around it. The short pre-season, people starting at different times but i think things will gradually will come back to normal again.
“We’re happy with where we are, we could be happier. As you said, if you look at some games – the Newcastle game with the penalty, again, very difficult to understand!
“The Everton game wasn’t acceptable and then the West Ham game: the same, really frustrating to be 3-0 up and it was really important for us to get off the mark at home, get the win and obviously we’ve improved massively away from home which was really our downfall last season.
“It’s great to be up and running with a win at home and we’ll just look to keep working hard, keep pushing forward.”