Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has blasted Jose Mourinho for the way he set Spurs up against Chelsea and claimed that his side could soon be on the receiving end of a heavy scoreline.
Spurs went into the game against Chelsea desperately short of attacking options with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both out with long-term injuries.
Mourinho decided to start with five at the back and three in midfield, with the away side were content to sit back and defend deep.
The Spurs boss’ plans didn’t work however as Chelsea ran out comfortable 2-1 winners on Saturday, with Antonio Rudiger’s late own goal arguably flattering Mourinho’s side, who were non-existent as an attacking force for the majority of the game.
Merson insisted that Tottenham’s performance on Saturday reminded him of Manchester United’s displays towards the end of Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (22/02/20 – from 12 pm), Merson said: “Honestly, you are watching them play and there was no game plan. It was like watching Manchester United at the end of his [Mourinho’s] reign.
“It was unbelievable. No-one knew what to do, no-one was getting forward and everybody looked fearless of giving the ball away.”
“They keep on getting away with it and sooner or later, they will be on end of one, they are going to be on the end of a three, four or five.”
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While one might either agree or disagree with the way Jose decided to set the team up for the clash on Saturday, to suggest that the team had no game plan at all is ridiculous. Our game plan was to sit deep and frustrate them but it completely went out of the window when Giroud gave them the lead.
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