Norwich star notices key Mourinho tactic that has caused Tottenham slump

Date published: Friday 6th March 2020 7:17 - Samuel Bannister

Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey has claimed Jose Mourinho has caused Tottenham Hotspur to change in one major way.

Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Tettey’s Norwich in midweek, with the Canaries winning a penalty shootout to book their place in the quarter-finals.

It was the latest in a long line of bad results for Spurs, who have not won in any of their last four games – a run which has seen losses to Chelsea and Wolves in the league, as well as RB Leizpig earning a first leg advantage in their Champions League Round of 16 clash.

Mourinho’s men have the chance to overturn that deficit on Tuesday, but before then face a trip to Burnley on Saturday evening.

Should they fail to win at Turf Moor, it will become their longest winless run since Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in November.

And Tettey has noticed a stark contrast between the ways that Tottenham played under each of the two managers.

He told VG in Norway: “They’ve changed completely from being very aggressive and good with the ball under Mauricio Pochettino, to what they’re doing now, where they just wait for you.

“If you play as we play, you create chances.”

Wednesday’s game was the third meeting between the two clubs this season, with the league fixtures ending as a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road and a 2-1 win for Tottenham at their home stadium.

While Tettey may have observed an issue with Mourinho’s tactics, one former Spurs star believes the Portuguese tactician needs time to make his mark at Tottenham.

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