Paul Merson does not believe Tottenham and Jose Mourinho deserve too much credit for beating Manchester City on Sunday.
Spurs sprung a surprise in north London by beating the reigning Premier League champions 2-0, giving their top-four hopes a major boost in the process.
Jose Mourinho’s men scored from two of their three shots, with City missing a host of chances, having a penalty saved, hitting the post and crossbar and having an effort cleared off the line in an eventful clash in north London.
And Merson feels that Tottenham were given “an absolute run around” in a victory that “just papered over the cracks”.
“It was a big win, but it just papered over the cracks,” he told Sky Sports.
“They are a million miles behind – it could have been 6-0 or 7-0 on any other day.
“They rode their luck, but give them credit, they stuck to the game plan and hung in there and got their lucky breaks. And a great goal, as soon as the lad hits it, he is running away as he knows it is a goal.
“But you cannot sit there and say, ‘Mourinho is doing great.’ It was just an absolute run around in my opinion.
“He was brought in to get in the top four and that was a big result towards that though…”
Meanwhile, former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente could have made a surprise move to Barcelona last month, it is claimed.
Llorente left Tottenham as a free agent in the summer, returning to Italy to sign for Napoli, having previously represented Juventus in Serie A.
The Spaniard had been linked with Manchester United before heading back to Italy, but the Red Devils decided against bringing in the veteran centre-forward. Read more…