‘No one can criticise Jose Mourinho’ – Redknapp defends Spurs boss over decision

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Redknapp has come to Jose Mourinho’s defence after Tottenham’s 2-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday, with the former Spurs boss insisting that the Portuguese coach cannot be faulted for his team selection.

Tottenham fans would have been optimistic heading into the game on the back of five straight wins in all competitions with the North Londoners scoring for fun.

When Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale were all named in the starting line up, Spurs fans would have been forgiven for thinking that the away side were going to take the game to Arsenal.

However, Mikel Arteta’s men were completely dominant in the first half with Spurs struggling to keep possession and were left chasing shadows.

Tottenham’s performance has attracted widespread criticism, with Jamie O’Hara accusing the Spurs midfield of ‘playing like crabs’ while Steve Nichol admitting to not knowing what the Lilywhites’ game plan was as they were neither able to attack nor defend with any proficiency.

However, Redknapp believes that the buck has to stop with the players and insisted that Mourinho clearly showed his attacking intent by naming the starting line up he did.

The former Tottenham manager told talkSPORT Breakfast: “No one can criticise Jose Mourinho for not picking an attacking team, he picked four forwards!

“Moura, Bale, Son and Kane, it was a very attacking looking line-up with two attacking full backs, too.

“They just never really got hold of the ball. Arsenal dominated midfield and had more players who can get on the ball and play and keep the ball and they deserved the win.”

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I do not think it is a question of either blaming Mourinho or the players. I believe Jose was right to question the lack of intensity from the likes of Bale and Ndombele as it was evident that they did not really demand the ball. In stark contrast, Lucas Moura constantly demanded the ball and looked to impact the game.

So Mourinho cannot be blamed entirely for our first-half performance. However, the Spurs boss also does not get off scot free as it was evident we got outnumbered and overrun in midfield. Playing Ndombele in a midfield two does not seem to work unless we dominate possession as the Frenchman is not great at tracking runners and covering space.

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  1. Lev’s treatment of Jose has been despicable. Levy has never ever supported his managers and this is just another part of the Levy Circus and I think Levy has tried to use the Jose sacking as a way of taking the limelight from Levy’s decision to join the super league. Don’t get me wrong Jose is a bit like marmite and has a certain way about him but Levy knew this when he hired him. Jose has won something at every club and with squad investment that was demanded by jose and guaranteed by levy he would have continued the success story. Levy once again never delivered the players Jose requested leaving Jose with an impossible task. People say the players revolted and threw Jose under the bus but these players are the same players that revolted and threw Poch under the bus but you hardly heard a peep. this awful media witch hunt against jose needs to stop now as its not only hurting Jose but ruining the game which Jose is a massive part of. Im a spurs fan and my season ticket is going back and i will never support spurs again after 45 years until Levy has gone. Im not even that upset about Jose being sacked, personally he wasnt the right fit for spurs and everyone knew this but to sack him 6 days before a cup final him and his team and got too is nothing but despicable and for me its a step too far. I hope spurs now get beaten in every game of the season and Kane and Son realise that whilst Levy is in charge they will never be champions or win anything and come on super league. How great will that be when you finish last every season. Total Joke


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