Former Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet has warned Daniel Levy not to consider sacking Jose Mourinho before he’s had a chance at ending the club’s long trophy drought.
The Spurs boss is a man under pressure in the wake of poor recent form. Defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night was their third Premier League loss in succession. That was the first time since November 2012 they have lost three league games in succession – the days of Andre Villas-Boas.
It’s also the first time in Mourinho’s career he has lost successive league games at home.
However, despite question marks over their style, Spurs have a solid shout at ending their trophy wait. They are in the knockout stages of the Europa League and are in the FA Cup fifth round. Furthermore, they also face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25.
Victory at Wembley would be Tottenham’s first trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008.
And Poyet reckons it would be a mistake to end his reign before he gets a chance to win it.
“Talking about Jose, I think the main thing for Jose is he’s already in a cup final,” Poyet told Stadium Astro.
“I think nothing will happen before that final. I don’t want to think that he’s under pressure because they want trophies, they’re in a final, and there’s still plenty of the season ahead.
“So I think it’s a slightly different situation with Frank Lampard, the amount of money that Chelsea spent in the summer.
“But you don’t know what is going on internally, so to comment on that would be unfair to Jose.
“But definitely the cup final helps, because that’s what they’re looking for, trophies.”
Mourinho sees Tottenham positives
Jorginho’s penalty, in the end, was all that separated Chelsea and Tottenham on Thursday. However, it was the manner of the performance in the 1-0 defeat that will most upset their supporters.
The defeat piles the pressure on Mourinho and will likely lead to many more questions about his method and tactics.
However, the Portuguese firebrand insists the performance wasn’t as bad as made out and says the way they finished the game gives him ‘positive feelings’.
“We had a great chance by Vinicius, we can analyse the game from the first to the last minute. If you want to be pragmatic, one penalty, one goal, 1-0,” he told BT Sport.
“When a team is in a difficult game against Chelsea, you concede that penalty and are affected by it. By the end of the the first half I saw a team that was struggling but it was totally the opposite in the second half.
“We miss a lot of important players but the spirit in the second half is untouchable.
“We don’t like it (the form) but the way we finished the game gives me positive feelings. It is not that that stops the defensive mistakes but it gives us a difficult smile on the face and to stick together and go tomorrow.
“Hopefully next week Harry Kane will be back but not any of the others. We play Sunday against West Brom and they need points as much as us for different reasons.”