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‘I don’t think they’re good enough at the back to hold on to 1-0 leads,’ Pundit urges Mourinho to change his tactics
By Bruce Grove -

Jamie O’Hara has insisted that Jose Mourinho has to change his tactics because he doesn’t have Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry in his current Tottenham team.

Spurs have been struggling to see out games recently, and it is mostly down to the fact that they look almost uninterested in scoring more goals when they go ahead in games.

They tend to try to defend their lead, this is something that a typical Mourinho team would achieve.

When he first became a manager in England, his Chelsea team was almost impenetrable at the back.

They had the luxury of Didier Drogba scoring the goals for them. At Spurs, they have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min doing the goalscoring job in their attack.

However, at the back, they still struggle and O’Hara thinks that it is down to the fact that their centre-backs are not as good as the ones Mourinho had when he managed Chelsea.

‘I don’t think they’re good enough at the back to hold on to 1-0 leads,’ O’Hara told talkSPORT. ‘I’ve always said this: with Eric Dier, [Davinson] Sanchez or [Toby] Alderweireld – they’re not John Terry, they’re not [Ricardo] Carvalho. 

‘They’re not the players that Mourinho has had. I think with the attacking prowess that we’ve got, you’ve got to go again. You’ve got to look to keep scoring. 

‘What’s annoying me is that we’re doing the same thing and expecting different results. All right, we’re not losing, but the draws are killing us.

‘We’re coming out second half scrappy and I don’t understand why we played [Moussa] Sissoko right midfield at home. He’s been fantastic in midfield and I know [Harry] Winks has done well and warrants a start but you have to make tough decisions sometimes.’

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England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

Tell us something we didn’t already know , you and your cheapskate station.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Lawd!!! Sissoko has.no busniness starting. PEH was running all over the pitch like that fellow Nkoudo. Tanguy was basicly a right winger for most of the game and Jose is cutting off his nose to spite his face by not playing Alli. Go Spurrr

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BARD
BARD
1 month ago

Back 4 of Bonzo Toby Verts and Rose in his pomp have either aged or been sold or stagnated and not one decent replacement has been recruited since. (Reggie loan). Similarly Dembele. Toby is still our best defender by a country mile and he’s 31

Ted
Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  BARD

Agree totally, but we bought Regs he’s not on loan.

BARD
BARD
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

It m8ght ad well be a loan.if they want him back they can buy him in a year.

Jim Mckevitt
Jim Mckevitt
1 month ago

Well before the end of Poch’s reign the team had stopped pressing and we’ve never really got it back. We seem incapable of playing for ninety minutes with effort. Maybe it’s expecting too much of modern players.

If Mourinho was starting from scratch I wonder would he pick Dier, though it’s said he wanted him at United. Top class defenders are thin on the ground it’s all about systems and defending as a team now.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

He likes his personality/attitude and is hoping the ‘ability’ catches up with the ‘man’ basically.

Jose would always prefer that than the other way round (see Alli, some talent, not the right character)

He could be his version of John Terry at Spurs (see how he was desperate for him to run off his knock last night, sees him as a leader)…but Dier is still having some blips with his technical ability/decision making. He’s affording him time as he’s switched positions late in his career but there will be a limit to his patience.

The right defensive partner could sort it.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Mckevitt

IMO our best combination of central defenders is Toby and Rodon + Tangy blending experience and youth would seem to be an ideal partnership!

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Unfortunately I worry the truth is that the team can’t maintain intensity and momentum through 90 minutes – rather than it being a tactical decision.

Ok, versus Man City it was clearly tactical, esp at 2-0 up. Most other games I’m not so sure.