Tottenham: Is Jose Mourinho back to his old tricks?
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says Tottenham were always going to get found out this season. Tottenham were top of the Premier League heading into last week’s match against Liverpool at Anfield. Spurs’ start to the season led to claims they could win their first top-flight title since 1961.
Jose Mourinho’s side were unbeaten in 11 league matches and had a superior goal difference to their nearest challengers.
But fast forward 10 days and Tottenham now sit sixth in the table, six points adrift of Liverpool at the top.
The late 2-1 loss at Liverpool was followed by Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat by Leicester.
Liverpool, meanwhile, put seven past Crystal Palace on Saturday and are now six goals clear of Spurs.
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Tottenham could drop even further in the table if Manchester City and Aston Villa win their games in hand.
And in an exclusive interview with Express Sport, Thompson predicted Mourinho’s side were always going to see a change in fortunes.
“I think Tottenham are a very good team but I do think at times they get away with things,” Thompson said.
“Sort of sitting very deep, a lot of people behind the ball, not as attractive as people like, but they get results.
“When you’re doing things like that it can easily change, that can flip.
“Yeah [they will get found out], I might be wrong, but I’ve seen a lot like it where they do these things and get a bit of confidence and they’re getting those clean sheets, and it’s very Mourinho-esque.”
Mourinho has been criticised for his style of play since replacing Mauricio Pochettino as manager in November 2019.
But Spurs’ start to this season gave the Portuguese some leeway as he was winning more often than not.
Dele Alli is one player who has suffered from Mourinho’s tactical setup.
But Thompson believes the England international was always going to struggle under the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss.
Thompson added: “You knew what Jose was going to do when he came in and that’s why Dele Alli and even Christian Eriksen, I know Eriksen was probably already on his way, but those type of players who are not used to high press, understanding high press, because those players are off the cuff.
“I think their days were always numbered in a Jose side.”
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