Former boss claims players had ‘no idea what was asked of them’ against Brighton

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Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood has claimed that Tottenham’s attacking players looked all over the place against Brighton and did not have any idea what Jose Mourinho demanded of them.

Spurs were non-existent as an attacking force in the first half at the Amex Stadium, with the home side taking the game to the North Londoners.

Mourinho’s men were trying to repel wave and wave of Brighton attack in the first-half and the Seagulls would have had a much bigger lead going into the interval had they taken their chances.

The Spurs boss brought on Carlos Vinicius for Davinson Sanchez at half-time and later decided to introduce Erik Lamela in place of Tanguy Ndomble, throwing caution to the wind.

Mourinho insisted after the game that he was pleased with the effort his players showed in the second half.

However, Sherwood has claimed that the Tottenham front line looked extremely disjointed and failed to do enough to test the Brighton defence.

The former Tottenham interim head coach told the Midweek Review on Optus Sports: “I thought it was terrible, it was one of the worst Spurs performances I’ve seen in a long time.

“It was as simple as taking Kane out and it all falls apart. It’s alright saying that I ended up with five attacking players on the pitch.

“Yeah, you did, but they were five attacking players with no idea what was asked of them.

“There was no interchanging of positions, no width in the full-backs, there was no creativity and they will have to find a different way.”

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Our failure to break Brighton down in the second half despite Mourinho throwing on so many attacking players was worrying. What was even more concerning was the Spurs boss’ claim after the game that he was happy with the second-half performance. I saw nothing in the second 45 minutes to suggest that we are capable of creating chances without a moment of individual genius from Harry Kane.

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