Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has claimed that Tottenham have shown no signs of improvement since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club back in November.
Spurs decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino after the Argentine made a poor start to the season. The team was languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table, twelve points behind the Champions League qualification spots.
Results have picked by since Mourinho’s arrival, with the Lilywhites successfully managing to cut the gap with Chelsea in fourth down to just a single point ahead of the meeting between the rivals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
While some of Spurs’ recent performances have left a lot to be desired, few can argue with the results which Mourinho’s men have ground out in recent weeks.
However, Collymore has insisted that Spurs are going back under the new regime and dying a slow death.
In his column for the Daily Mirror (Tuesday edition, page 45) the 49-year-old wrote, “Tottenham were poor against Aston Villa and I just don’t think they have progressed since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
“I know people will say they are without Harry Kane but they still have Steven Bergwijn, Son Heung-min and Co, and they just seemed reactive.
“I didn’t see the flow of a Pochettino team going through the gears or the pressing. They aren’t kicking on under Mourinho but rather going backwards and dying a slow death.”
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I genuinely don’t think we are seeing anywhere near the style of football that Mourinho and the coaching staff eventually want to employ. Right now we have some key players missing and it is just a question of picking up results, which we have been doing more consistently than the sides around us. I don’t think it is fair to judge Jose until he has had the opportunity to work with the team in preseason.
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