‘Imagine the reaction’ – Pundit makes Jose Mourinho claim after Palace defeat

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Chris Sutton has questioned whether there would have been a different reaction to Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace had Jose Mourinho been in charge instead of Nuno Espirito Santo. 

Spurs returned from the international break on the wrong foot and were comfortably brushed aside at Selhurst Park after a relatively flat performance. 

The defeat also saw Spurs lose their 100 per cent Premier League record after Nuno guided the side to three consecutive 1-0 wins to open the season. 

Since joining the club in the summer, Nuno has seemingly looked to organise an inconsistent defence, but has struggled to get the squad generating much going forward which was again evident during yesterday’s 2-2 draw against Rennes. 

Spurs’ offensive woes have caught the attention of former Blackburn Rovers striker Sutton, and has compared Nuno’s style of play to that of former Spurs boss Mourinho. 

The pundit also questioned whether the reaction to the defeat to Palace would have been different if ‘The Special One’ was still in the Spurs dugout. 

He told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport: “I think it has been a brilliant start from Nuno because of the mess he had to take over. And then you had the Kane situation.

“But had this been a start under Mourinho, and Spurs had won the first three games 1-0 and then lost the fourth game 3-0 and Crystal Palace outplaying Spurs. Then just imagine the reaction.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The result on Saturday was poor and Nuno will need to find a bounce-back performance against Chelsea on the weekend. The Mourinho era was frustrating at times but we need to move on from that now that Nuno is here. It is four games into the season, and hopefully, this is just a blip. 

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