Tim Sherwood has labelled the tactics employed by Jose Mourinho in Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday as “absolutely disgusting” and claims he “has to find a different way”.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso in both halves were enough for Frank Lampard’s side to claim a deserved win over Mourinho’s men, who only netted late on through a Antonio Rudiger own goal.
Despite seeing their side ripped apart by injuries to key men Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, former Spurs manager Sherwood insists Mourinho has to show more intent if doubts over his position are not going to flare up already.
Ripping into their display at Stamford Bridge as they lost their second game in a matter of days, Sherwood told Premier League Productions: “Tottenham were absolutely disgusting.
“They were so bad. The negative approach. Yes they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that.
“But they’ve got [Steven] Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got [Lucas] Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace. They both got 15 goals last season which is not the end of the world.
“You have to find a different way. As a coach sometimes you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in.
“If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off. It’s not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent.”
Perhaps more worryingly for Tottenham fans, Mourinho after the match proclaimed his delight at Tottenham’s display and said they had performed well in their defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“I think you are going to be very bored with me, because I think I’m going to be very repetitive. I’m going to say exactly the same words I told against Leipzig,” Mourinho said.
“I’m very proud of the players, they gave absolutely everything. We don’t have a striker. Our attacking players are not strikers and are in huge levels of fatigue, so very, very difficult for us. No tactical problems, [we were] completely in control of the space, punished by a couple of individual mistakes.
“In the last part of the game when Chelsea was scared of the 2-1 we didn’t have that presence, that power, we didn’t have that to do more than what we did.
“To create chances you need a target man or fast people that can interchange positions, you need a different dynamic to the team. We don’t have a striker and we have tired players, it’s as simple as that.
“We did very, very well. If we score before our opponent, I think we have a chance because we are well organised. But when they score before us and drop back it’s very, very difficult for us.
“A defeat is a defeat, but the good thing is, in the last seconds the players were still fighting for a result and that for me is a very important thing.”