Former Liverpool and Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson has admitted to being left shocked by Jose Mourinho’s struggles to get the best of the Tottenham team.
Johnson was part of two title-winning sides at Chelsea under Mourinho, who proved to be instant hit after arriving at Stamford Bridge.
The 57-year-old raised the bar in terms of points tally required to be champions during his time at Chelsea and having seen his work first-hand, Johnson is well aware of what the Portuguese coach can do.
The former England defender insisted that he thought the former Blues boss would be the perfect appointment for Spurs and help take them to the next level.
Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Thursday means that the North Londoners have now won only one of their last nine games in all competitions.
The side are on course to finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in five years.
Johnson admitted to being at a loss as to why his former manager has been unable to get the best out of the group of players at Spurs.
He told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (04/07/20 at 1:35 pm): “I am totally shocked, if I am honest with you. I thought when Mourinho first went there, I thought this was going to be a genius move for them.
“Obviously, I know the man very well. And I was very confident at what he was going to do with the current players he had in the squad available to him. I thought he would push them further forward.
“In terms of the position of where the club is, they have a fantastic board, a fantastic stadium and a good squad. Now, they have a world-class manager. You kind of think ‘where is it all going wrong?’.
“So, I am certainly surprised. I thought Mourinho would kick them on a lot earlier than he had done because they have also spent money. It’s not like he hasn’t got in the players that he didn’t want. I am very shocked.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Mourinho’s reputation is on the line at Tottenham after his failings at Manchester United and he will be determined to prove people wrong. Despite our struggles this season, I would certainly not put it past him to build a strong team for next season. Jose is being written off way too early by a lot of people, including many Spurs fans.
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