Jenas backs Mourinho despite ‘negativity’ and Spurs tactics

Date published: Sunday 15th March 2020 1:44 - Will Ford

Jermaine Jenas says he is reserving judgement on Jose Mourinho until he can bring in “his new players” to Spurs, but has branded the Portuguese boss “negative”.

Tottenham’s form has dipped significantly in recent weeks after an initial bounce under Mourinho.

The legendary manager has consistently bemoaned the lack of squad depth and has singled out specific players for criticism.

And former Spurs midfielder Jenas has questioned Mourinho’s approach, while admitting he does need better players to join the club.

“It’s not a rant but what I will say is I will reserve judgement on Jose until the summer, until he brings in his new players because I think the players haven’t been good enough,” Jenas told MOTDx.

“What I don’t like about Jose at the minute is the negativity. I think he’s been far too negative in terms of the message he’s been sending out with the players.

“I know we’ve got injuries to [Harry] Kane, I know Son [Heung-min] is injured and now [Steven] Bergwijn.

“But I think there needs to be a more positive structure going out to the players. And overall I still can’t see what the team are and how they’re trying to play.

“Are they a passing team? Are they a pressing team? Are they a team that plays deep and tries to counter-attack?”



Mourinho’s latest rant came at the expense of Tanguy Ndombele, who he substituted at half-time in their 1-1 draw at Burnley.

“We didn’t have a midfield in the first half,’ stormed Mourinho, who had started the game with an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation.

“I think more important than the tactics is to have midfield players who want the ball, to connect the game, to have them press and recover the ball. To have midfield players to win duels. We didn’t have it.

“I am not going to run away. I have to say Tanguy has had enough time to come to a different level. I know the Premier League is very difficult, I know that some players take a long time.

“But a player with his potential, his responsibility, he has to give us more. And especially when you see the way Lo Celso played, every minute I was expecting more in the first half.”


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