Merson reveals ‘shock’ over Spurs’ potential reason for hiring Mourinho

Date published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 10:02

"It's not like a Man City where you go and win five or six. He would rather win 2-0 than 4-1."

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Paul Merson admits he is shocked if Tottenham hired Jose Mourinho to “excite the fans and not win football matches”.

Spurs have lost their last three matches in all competitions, including two Premier League games against Chelsea and Wolves, who are two of their rivals for Champions League qualification.

Questions are being asked after Tottenham conceded three goals at home to Wolves, despite most of the pre-match talk surrounding their lack of strikers.

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And former Arsenal midfielder Merson has been “shocked” at the way Mourinho‘s team have been playing.

“How many times has Mourinho since he has been in the Premier League have you seen him involved in these goals fests?” Merson said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“That’s not Mourinho like. And even though they haven’t got them two [Kane and Son], one thing I would expect is for them to be rock solid.

“I am shocked by the way they are, at the moment. They are so open and all over the place. I think this manager is good enough to set a team up not to let in goals they are letting in.

“I think they have got the wrong manager [if Mourinho has to set up Spurs to play], and I don’t mean that in a horrible way because this man is a legend.

“But he wins football matches, it doesn’t matter how he does it. I have been to Chelsea, we have been 2-0 up at bottom of the league at half-time and that’s it, it stays 2-0.

“It’s not like a Man City where you go and win five or six. He would rather win 2-0 than 4-1. It worries me that he has to go out there and excite the Tottenham fans.

“That worries me. If he is brought in to excite the fans and not win football matches is a shock – I have seen Mourinho with lesser players [than his current ones] and keep clean sheets.”


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