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“He’s playing with the handbrake up at the moment” Mourinho doesn’t trust his players’ defending claims Cundy
By Bruce Grove -

Jason Cundy says that Jose Mourinho has his Tottenham team playing with a handbrake on at the moment because he doesn’t trust them to defend.

The Special One has made Spurs one of the top teams in England this season, and he has them competing for the Premier League title.

But they have had to rely on a defensive style of play which sees them fall back to defend after taking the lead in some games instead of adventurously going on and trying to find more goals.

Cundy reckons that Mourinho has had to set his team up to play with the handbrake on because he doesn’t trust his defenders and his team as a defending unit.

He even claims that he has never seen Mourinho set his team up in a defensive manner, as he has seen him do at Tottenham this season. 

“He’s playing with the handbrake up at the moment – and more so now than I ever saw at Chelsea or Manchester United,” said The Sports Bar host on Talksport.

“I don’t think he trusts his defence. I don’t think he trusts them as a unit defensively, therefore you see the handbrake coming on.”

Spurs have achieved some success with their defensive style of play, perhaps it just needs to be tweaked a little to get them more success.

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Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
1 month ago

Never going to happen but I’d love to see the top 5 clubs play our way for the next couple of months to see where they’d end up.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago

I wish somebody would put the handbrake on Cundys punditry. He’s filth.

Jim Mckevitt
Jim Mckevitt
1 month ago

Attack is the best form of defence. Imagine Liverpool with Salah, Mane and Firminho sitting back after going one up. It wouldn’t happen.

West Ham was a bad performance but up to the wheels coming off it was great. We still got a point but the team that demolished United seems paralysed with caution and fear.

Lilywhitesmurf
Lilywhitesmurf
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

I finding it frustrating because we do the hard work and take the lead just to hand the initiative back…it’s made worst because this league is there for the taking..

Last edited 1 month ago by Lilywhitesmurf
David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Lilywhitesmurf

Doing the Spursy thing we have a habit of squandering opportunities as we did in 2016 and we all know what happened then!!

Last edited 1 month ago by David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

Called de ja vu sitting back defending a slender lead against sides dominating Spurs you can safely predict the outcome as we did last night, so it is astonishing that we still do it???

Jim Mckevitt
Jim Mckevitt
1 month ago

It’s unbelievable, rinse and repeat.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

There’s something up with that trio at Liverpool this season – the rumours have always been they don’t like each other much and Salah could leave at some point soon.

I’ve watched Salah twice recently and he was totally outshone by Mane. Seems almost a ‘luxury player’ – goal hanging, looks half interested.

Liverpool have actually turned in more than a few performances so dull this season they sent me to sleep.

Now City vs Chelsea the other day…that’s something else.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

‘There’s something up with that trio…’

Attacking trio – Firmino, Salah, Mane

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

they still had to sort out the defence and goalkeeper to start winning. Top teams attack and defend well to win leagues. Jose only needs cup(S) and CL qualification, leagues are a few years off

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Still let’s look on the bright side, our old friend ‘poch’ has a cup for his trophy cabinet now with PSG

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Just a pity it was not the Spurs CL trophy!!!

Lilywhitesmurf
Lilywhitesmurf
1 month ago

Tottenham players banned from owning dogs…because they can’t hold on to a lead

Jim Mckevitt
Jim Mckevitt
1 month ago
Reply to  Lilywhitesmurf

😅👍

Spursnutd
Spursnutd
1 month ago

The fear of being a failure after united haunts him. I suspected this the reason we defend as we do. The truth is its killing our chance of winning anything this season as once a team works us out they just out defend us. Boring boring I thought he might have had a bit more fight but no. It’s all about mourinho not the team or the club

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Spursnutd

yeah might as well throw the cup final now, right?

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

oh no, sorry that was Poch before the CL final…

mumfordspur13
mumfordspur13
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

you are talking to yourself son

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  mumfordspur13

missing the ‘edit function’ yeah

MrChickenhead
MrChickenhead
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

No it’s not.

Last edited 1 month ago by MrChickenHead
SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  MrChickenhead

Is for me but then I’m not logging in

Spursnutd
Spursnutd
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Going by a lot of our performances this season it feels like that has been the pre match talk.

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
1 month ago

One unbelievable comeback from West Ham and we have to stop playing watchable football for the rest of the season to prove a point? Hammers living in Mou’s head rent free ever since then!

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

It’s called ‘living in fear’.

JPG466
JPG466
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

replace ‘living in fear’ with guts and aggression

Mou needs the guts to stop playing with 3 defensive midfielders

the guts to invest more playing time with Bale, Dele and Lamela and believe this will bring back their confidence and provide us with more scoring options other than the predictable one-trick ponies we’ve become

the guts to discourage all these long balls, including the ones where we pass back to Lloris who then invariably boots it upfield to the opposing back four.. the guts to trust our midfielders again

living in fear means safe passes sideways and backwards, the hopeful long ball up, and generally not wanting the ball… that’s what we are right now, baring the usual exceptions Regullion, Hojberg, Son and Kane.

Mou has to work on changing that fear into aggression, and belief that we can and should dominate possession in games such as yesterday’s, and reliance on the fast counter attack just isn’t enough

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  JPG466

‘To Dare is to Do’ – ‘Audere est Facere’
As Bill Nicholson once said: ‘It’s no use just winning, we’ve got to win well.’
At the moment we’re losing poorly.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mike