Pundit explains why Mourinho has been ‘his own worst enemy’ at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Kevin Phillips has claimed that Jose Mourinho has not done himself any favours by constantly chopping and changing his starting eleven since arriving at Tottenham.

While the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris have been regulars in the Spurs side since the start of the season, Mourinho has been quite happy to rotate his squad in other areas of the pitch.

With Spurs being involved in all four competitions until a couple of months ago, the Tottenham boss has regularly rotated his full-backs, centre-backs, centre midfielders and even his forwards on occasion.

Some of those changes have been enforced due to necessity, with several players in the Tottenham squad struggling for form since the turn of the year.

After Spurs’ embarrassing 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago, Mourinho once again made a statement with his team selection for Tottenham’s trip to Villa Park, leaving the likes of Harry Winks and Matt Doherty out of the matchday squad.

Phillips believes that the constant chopping and changing has not done Mourinho any favours.

The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “Mourinho can be his own worst enemy, can’t he?

“He’s not afraid to make decisions and calls over dropping people and leaving them out, that probably sums up his Tottenham career so far.

“With Tottenham, it’s the inconsistency. In terms of team selection and Mourinho swapping and changing nearly every game, there’s no consistency there.

“He’s not afraid to make big decisions and he’s earned the right to do that because of what he’s done in his career.

“No matter what Mourinho does he’s always going to get people making comments about him, whether they’re right or wrong.”

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Mourinho has arguably done the right thing by rotating our squad as much as he has as Tottenham have suffered relatively fewer injuries compared to the other Premier League sides this season. Besides, apart from four or five players, none of the others have shown the kind of form that would make them undroppable.

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