Another game, another tale of woe from Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham lost on penalties in the FA Cup to Norwich on Wednesday night, their fourth defeat in a row, coming after losses in the Champions League to RB Leipzig and Chelsea then Wolves in the Premier League.
Afterwards Mourinho played the greatest hits, bemoaning his team’s schedule, injuries and declaring that Spurs would have to choose between competing against Burnley in the Premier League this weekend or against RB Leipzig next Tuesday.
“The excuses he comes up with for players are ridiculous,” said Lynsey Hooper on this Thursday’s edition of the Totally Football Show. “He was blaming the schedule, and the fact that players are really tired: he singled out Harry Winks, saying he has played 11 or 12 games in a row and is absolutely spent. I’d like to refer Mourinho to Conor Coady at Wolves – they started their campaign in July, and Coady has not missed a single match.”
She also pointed out that this constant complaining could quickly become counter-productive.
“Are Spurs players getting to the stage where they know they’ve got a get-out? With the excuses being given, I don’t that gets the maximum performance out players, they know they’ve already got an excuse lined up.
“Actually, there shouldn’t be any of that, there should be a motivating factor here, to get them to go above and beyond: yes you’re depleted, yes there’s injuries, key ones, but get out there and crack on.”
Natalie Gedra picked up the theme: “What’s annoyed me about Mourinho, is that when you hear an interview, you expect to hear about football. Not everything around football, not injuries etc. We all know he has problems, but we want to hear what a manager with his history and his ideas offer as solutions, and we don’t hear that.
“I don’t see the gameplan. I don’t see that consistency one match after another. Against Wolves, even though they lost they showed a clear idea, and you can’t see that for two or three matches in a row. I’d expect more than that from a manager like him.”
Mourinho has also said that he wants the season to be over now, so that he can start working with his full squad in the summer, but as Duncan Alexander pointed out, problems could be waiting for them then, too.
“Tottenham have got themselves into a difficult situation here, because everyone knows the squad need surgery, but is Mourinho the best man to do it? Pochettino was happy to put up with the direction the club was going in, but Mourinho won’t: if he doesn’t get his way in the summer, he’s not going to be quiet about it. If they mess this summer up, it could be a bad few years.”
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