Tim Sherwood has branded Tottenham’s performance in losing 2-1 to Chelsea last Saturday as “absolutely disgusting”, as per Goal.com.
Jose Mourinho was criticised for adopting a negative approach without the threat of injured top-scorers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with Chelsea have 17 shots compared to Tottenham’s five at Stamford Bridge.
Sherwood could not believe the lack of “attacking intent” from Spurs and does not think that the high-profile absentees are a sufficient excuse.
“Tottenham were absolutely disgusting,” the ex-Spurs boss told Premier League Productions. “They were so bad. The negative approach.
“Yes, they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that. But they’ve got Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace.
“They both got 15 goals last season which is not the end of the world. You have to find a different way. As a coach sometimes you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in.
“If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off. It’s not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent.”
For me, these comments once again prove how clueless Sherwood is. It takes some ignorance to question one of the greatest tacticians of the 21st century when his own managerial career lasted all of two years.
“If anything they’ve got pace”, Sherwood said. So setting up with men behind the ball, to hit on the counter-attack, probably makes sense then?
And the 51-year-old doesn’t always practice what he preaches.
Remember, this is a ‘manager’ who took Spurs to Chelsea, inexplicably played Kyle Walker in central midfield, had Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend unused on the bench, and lost 4-0.
I think that rings louder than anything Sherwood could ever say.