Ex-Spurs man reveals why Mourinho is lucky fans are not allowed in the stadium

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Darren Bent, believes that Jose Mourinho is lucky that fans are not allowed in the stadiums at the moment as Spurs supporters would not have put up with his style of play.

Although Tottenham have been one of English football’s biggest underachievers over the last few decades, the one thing that the Spurs faithful have always held on to is the fact that the side plays an entertaining and attacking brand of football.

However, that does not seem to be the case anymore with Mourinho at the helm, with the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss unsurprisingly reshaping the team into a defensive counter-attacking outfit.

Despite the mixed displays since the restart, there has certainly been an improvement from a defensive point of view.

However, the lack of creativity going forward has certainly infuriated some Spurs fans, who are currently witnessing football that is alien to them, considering the steady diet of end-to-end excitement that they have grown up with.

Bent revealed how the White Hart Lane crowd would make it known if the team was not adventurous enough going forward during his time in North London.

When asked if Spurs were lucky there are no fans in the stadium at the moment, Bent the talkSPORT Breakfast: “One hundred per cent correct.

“There’s no way Spurs fans would settle for watching this, with how they’re playing at the moment.

“I know they beat Arsenal and they beat Everton, which was arguably the most boring game since the Premier League restarted, but against Bournemouth.

“I’m telling you now, there were times when I was at Spurs, and we were an attacking team, but if we didn’t pass the ball forward the fans were on our case.

“So if the Tottenham supporters were in the stands now, they wouldn’t be settling for this.

“If anything this [the lockdown] has helped Spurs as they can play this stifling football, they can get results and Mourinho can say it’s working.

“The pressure is off the players because there are no fans in there.

“But I’m telling you now, if the fans were in there, I don’t think they’d be allowed to play like this.”

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I believe fans and pundits alike suffer from a clear bias concerning Mourinho’s tactics given his history. In reality, our football has been quite poor to watch at times for a huge chunk of the last two and a half years. There are clear signs that Jose is improving the side defensively, as well as the squad’s mentality. There have also been clear indications in the last two matches that our forwards are getting their sharpness back. Once our forwards find their feet and the team is fully adapted to taking advantage of transitions and turnovers, I believe we will be a lot better to watch.

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