Michael Owen has claimed that the Tottenham players could be feeling a lack of trust from Jose Mourinho given the way the Portuguese coach ask them to tactically set up in big games.
Predictably, against Manchester City and Chelsea, Spurs prefered to sit back and defend deep with Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dropping into the backline and almost making it a back six at times.
Spurs were set up to counter swiftly when they won the ball back and it was an approach that worked as the North Londoners kept clean sheets in both games and came away with four points from six.
However, Owen believes that Tottenham can afford to be a little more adventurous and take the game to the likes of City and Chelsea given the players they have at their disposal.
He admitted that he would feel frustrated if he is in the Spurs players’ shoes, given the way Mourinho sets them up in big games.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker told Premier League Productions: “Would I like playing as a centre-forward in that game today for Tottenham? I’d be thinking I prefer the way [Mauricio] Pochettino used to play.
“They trusted us, we went head-to-head with these teams, we might lose 3-2 or we might win 4-2.
“If I play for Jose Mourinho, I’d be thinking does he trust us to go head-to-head with these big teams because every time we play anyone decent all we do is sit back. We are world-class players, trust us against these big teams.”
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The one thing that is clear based on Tottenham’s performances over the last few weeks is the fact that the players have completely bought into Jose Mourinho’s methods. Based on their effort on the field as well as what they are saying in interviews, it is clear that even the likes of Kane and Son are ready to do whatever Jose wants them to do as they believe that is going to deliver silverware.
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