Danny Mills has claimed that Jose Mourinho is preoccupied with making sure Tottenham’s backline is sufficiently protected which has affected his selection decisions further up the pitch.
Mourinho has continued to chop and change his centre-back partnerships over the last few months, with all of Tottenham’s centre-halfs being guilty of some poor mistakes at the back.
The Spurs boss has utilised a midfield three of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso on a few occasions since the latter returned from injury.
However, Mourinho’s men have not been able to get the results they would have wanted and the 58-year-old thus decided to deploy a back five against Everton on Friday.
The Tottenham boss brought Moussa Sissoko back into the starting line up to play alongside Hojbjerg and decided to move Ndombele back into a number ten role, where he played regularly in the first few months of the season.
The changes did not work as Spurs struggled to create chances and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
When asked about Mourinho’s midfield selections, Mills told Football Insider: “It’s working out the balance.
“Once upon a time that creative midfield player was Christian Eriksen and he was absolutely superb and the understanding he had with those other attacking players was brilliant.
“Now it’s been Ndombele, it could be Dele Alli. But until Mourinho gets his defence sorted out he’s always a little bit concerned with what happens in the rest of the team.
“He doesn’t trust that defence and that’s the biggest problem of it all. He doesn’t believe they have the confidence to do what he wants so he has to tweak the rest of the team for that.”
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