‘Pleased with himself’ – Ex-Spurs striker hits out at Mourinho for collapse against West Ham

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker, Garth Crooks has questioned why Jose Mourinho could not help his side to see out a three-goal lead with less than ten minutes left on the clock, despite his reputation for game-management.

Spurs’ late collapse against the Hammers on Sunday is not something that the Tottenham players or fans will forget anytime soon.

Going into the 82nd minute, the away side had hardly threatened Tottenham’s goal and three points looked to be in the bag.

However, owing to a set-piece, an unfortunate own-goal and a Manuel Lanzini wonder-strike, Mourinho’s men grabbed a draw from the jaws of victory.

The Spurs boss was not too critical of his players after the draw but reports have since indicated that he held an inquest into the late collapse with the entire first-team squad on Tuesday (Daily Mail).

Harry Kane was the only Tottenham player to make it into Crooks’ Team of the Week but the pundit did single out Mourinho for criticism.

He wrote in his column for BBC Sport: “Well, this game should have been put to bed. Harry Kane’s two goals and his assist for Son Heung-min was more than enough to put the game out of sight for West Ham.

“What’s more, I thought Spurs boss Jose Mourinho developed a name for closing games out. What’s happened to the man who used to scold his players for crossing balls into the box in the final minutes of a game instead of wasting time and holding the ball up in the corners?

“Can that taxi driver ask him that question the next time he does one of those TV adverts looking so pleased with himself and telling us how special he is?”

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