Neville: ‘Passive’ Spurs players ‘don’t have any idea’ what to do

Date published: Monday 26th April 2021 5:00 - Lewis Oldham

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Gary Neville has suggested that he expected more from Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final and that it looks like they have no plan at the moment.

Jose Mourinho was expected to lead Spurs out at Wembley. But he was sacked just six days before the final.

Ryan Mason was chosen to replace him. He has been a coach at Tottenham for the last couple of years after he was forced into early retirement.


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Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Man City in the final. This saw Pep Guardiola’s side win the Carabao Cup for the fourth season in a row.

Neville told Sky Sports, as cited by The Daily Star, that the Spurs players have struggled since Mauricio Pochettino’s departure:

“Tottenham were quite passive for the whole game. Spurs have got some fantastic players, and I expected a little bit more from them.

“They’ve obviously lost their manager this week and it’s been an incredibly difficult week for most clubs who have been dealing with this issue of the European Super League.

“We don’t know what impact that has had. Losing their manager, playing against an incredible team, all those things are factors.

“Mauricio Pochettino was a great coach for many of these players.

“They’ve just lost that ability to understand how to play with each other, they look like a team who are now reacting to what the other team do, rather than having their own idea.

“When I used to watch Spurs under Pochettino, I always thought that there was a plan, an idea and they’ve gone on to become a group of players who don’t have an idea at this moment in time.”

Meanwhile, Danny Murphy has suggested that Harry Kane and Erling Haaland are both Manchester bound:

“I think the desire from the two Manchester clubs to get to the next level. £100m [for Kane] from United or City is doable.

“I think Haaland will go to one and Kane will go to the other.

“Depending on the mentality of the footballer, if Harry Kane goes hard enough to Daniel Levy, he’ll get his move.

Simon Jordan then added: “I would think Daniel would look towards £100m. I don’t think the market will lend itself to £100m, I think the market would lend itself to £60m plus add-ons.”

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