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“If you’re going to keep sitting back, you’re asking for trouble” Pundit says Mourinho has a major problem
By Bruce Grove -

Jamie Redknapp says that Jose Mourinho is asking for trouble with his current tactics as Spurs continue to struggle to win.

The Special One is famed for setting his teams up to defend and catch their opponents on the counter-attack.

He has started this campaign with that tactic and it worked like magic at the start of the season with Spurs even topping the Premier League for weeks.

The fine form of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min meant that they could get wins with the few chances that they got in games.

But they are winless in four league games after their 1-1 draw against Wolves yesterday.

Spurs took an early lead in the game, but they looked uninterested in getting more goals as the game went on with Wolves eventually earning a deserved equaliser late on.

Redknapp believes that this has happened in too many games now and the players might become negative.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the draw, the pundit said via Star Sports: “I think the disappointment is they had it in their hands.

“If you’re going to keep sitting back, you’re asking for trouble.

“And this is not a one-off – there are many games where this has happened, so it’s becoming a pattern.

“The more often it happens, the more negative the players get.

“They start to think ‘it will happen again’. It transmits to the brain and it’s a major problem for Jose right now.”

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James McKevitt
James McKevitt
10 months ago

If we’re a counter attacking team then we’re doing too much of the counter and not enough attack. We need to get back to the play where we beat United 6-1 and Southampton 5-2.

The draws against Newcastle and West Ham seems to have spooked the team and coach. We need more balance. Redsnaps is blaming Mourinho but Jose is saying he is telling the team to attack more. Maybe the extra work on defending has misled the players into thinking that this is all Mourinho wants. He said last night that he wouldn’t have been happy with a one íl win.

Why are we running scared of teams like Newcastle and Crystal Palace they should be fearing an attack of two world class players in Kane and Son. Time to start stuffing a few of these teams.

Last edited 10 months ago by James McKevitt
Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
10 months ago

I don’t think it’s just a case of being “uninterested”. I think we don’t have the players capable of maintaining possession for long when under pressure. We can keep the ball passing around the back 4/5, but as soon as it goes forward, the creatives tend to dribble into dead ends rather than pass and move. Then those at the back revert to long balls hoping HK and Son will conjure up a wonder goal.
For all their faults, Dele and CE could make those passes to provide HK with the bullets to fire. There is an element of risk of course in making defence splitting passes, and if the ball is lost you need players who can win it back. We used to have that when Dier, Wanyama and Dembele were there. Now, we just seem to retreat until our backs are against the wall just outside the penalty area. Everyone talks about how HK has expanded his game to become an attacking midfielder and provider rather than just a striker, but he is really just filling the gaps left by Dele and CE.
JM really has to get Dele firing again, boost his confidence, and accept that he will lose some balls high up the pitch. He should employ a tactic and formation that can recover those situations.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
10 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Basically we lack pace on the flanks, like a creative midfielder, lack Bale of old and lack a Jack Grealish who makes things happen!!

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
10 months ago

*lack a CREATIVE MIDFIELDER

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
10 months ago

As said on previous blog it’s pointless rotating same old stale stock.
Jose needs shaking things up freshening the team by playing the likes of Messrs Cirken, Clarke, Scarlett and White.
The signing of Doherty has been an utter disaster.
Davies ain’t much better but offers a utility require.
Offensively Aurier’s final delivery into the box is woeful.
Winks looked good against Stoke but IMO is not PL level and needs shipping out with others.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
10 months ago

*utility requirement!

Limerick AL
Limerick AL
10 months ago

Yes. The sooner the better.

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

Lack pace on the flank. What team are you watching . We lack consistent creativity in the midfield. And for all the wonderful thing Tanguy did yesterday, he was playing wide or as the #10. Winks with all his shorting comings gave us an outlet from the back. PEH plays higher instead of on his 18yrd line. Lamela or Alli should have been first of the bench instead of Bergwjin and Sissoko respectivily. The system sucks. One minute we in a back 3 the next a back 4. I could not keep up. It is time for a 433 or 4123 and get on the front foot. We finished the last 5 or 6 games without a creative or attacking midfield player. This was set for Alli to come into the midfield and he went with Sissoko. So we had 3 midfied players finishing the game who cannot operate in the final third. Make no sense.

Notontheshelf
Notontheshelf
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul

It makes sense if you are leading, and your mindset is to protect that lead at all costs. The trouble is that once you concede the lead, you have no resource to score again. As we have seen so many times this season, JM’s mindset seems to be safety first.
I dread to think what the goal-assists have been from our midfield this year. No one is doing it. We need at least one of Dele and Lamela on the pitch at all times just to generate some chances

Paul
Paul
10 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

It does not make any sense because even when you have a narow lead, you do not go defensive in general at the 70 minute mark, you still need ball retention otherwise you will be defending your box for an average of 25 minutes including stoppage time. If you are on the attack and they score you still have the resources to get one. It was not pretty watching PEH outwide and trying to get into the box.

Tinashe
Tinashe
10 months ago
Reply to  Notontheshelf

Mou should desist from always playing on the backfoot.These are the same players Pochettino used to keep possession,it shouldn’t be difficult to hold the ball against small teams and be in control.His ideas are outdated…,,in any case i think he should adapt to change.Football is dynamic,one should keep improving on ideas

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