Once again this weekend, Aberdeen took a lead that they didn’t relinquish, and that’s largely down to similarities in Derek McInnes’s play to the guy top of the English Premier League…
Ever wondered who the Jose Mourinho of the Scottish Premiership is? Look no further than Derek McInnes.
Aberdeen got a comforting 2-0 victory over Ross County at the weekend – perhaps not the most eye-opening result, but it was one that was very much on brand for a McInnes team.
The Dons have yet to lose a game this season in which they have taken the lead, so when Curtis Main gave them the lead after five minutes of this game, there was only one result likely.
And as JJ Bull explained on The Totally Scottish Football Show, that’s mainly down to McInnes’s style of play and its similarities to the man currently top of the English Premier League.
“That’s all they do,” said JJ. “They take the lead and then lock down. It’s like Mourinho.
“There are so many things that are similar to how Derek McInnes plays to how Jose Mourinho plays. It’s man-to-man marking system all over the pitch. It’s not zonal at all.
“The idea is that you wait for someone else to make a mistake: rather than having the ball and being vulnerable yourself, you sit back and wait for your opponents to make mistakes. If you have good players, if you’re better than your opponents, you tend to win games.
“It’s what Mourinho has done his whole career, and McInnes is sort of like that.”
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