Tottenham legend Sheringham makes shock comment on Mourinho ‘style’

Date published: Friday 11th December 2020 2:00 - Rob McCarthy

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Tottenham legend Teddy Sheringham has surprisingly stated that he wants his old club to stick with their current style of play despite some criticism.

After losing their Premier League opener, Jose Mourinho’s men have been in impressive form and currently sit top of the table.

Spurs also sealed top spot in their Europa League group and will face Stoke in the League Cup last eight.

But despite that, some sections of the media and support have criticised their style of play under the Portuguese.

Mourinho has always been known for his pragmatic style and it certainly appears to have done Tottenham no harm.

Despite the critics, Sheringham, who feaured in Tottenham sides who liked to play, refused to fault Mourinho.

“You’ve caught me at a good time, haven’t you, asking me how has José done,” he told Cards Chat, as cited by Football London. “Top of the league. What more can you say?

“I wouldn’t say it’s the most exciting football you’ve ever watched. But he’s been doing it for years.

“You only have to look back in my time and Arsenal with George Graham. They weren’t fantastic at football, but they used to grind out their 1-0 wins and bore the arse off of people.

“I wouldn’t say Tottenham are boring people at the moment, but they’re certainly playing in a certain manner and everything’s fitting into plans at the moment for José.

“Teams are coming on to Tottenham and they’re hitting them on the break and they’re scoring goals at the moment. So, from my point of view, long may that continue and I’m sure everyone’s happy inside the Tottenham camp.”

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Teddy on title race

Sheringham was also asked about his old club’s title chances. But he wouldn’t be drawn, adding: “It’s very early in the season to be talking about Tottenham as title contenders.

“When you’re at places like Manchester United, you don’t even think about the title until the end of February. And here we are December, you know, very, very early days. But it’s a fantastic start and we’ll see where that takes them.”


Sheringham does, however, think the pressure is on for the Spurs to win a trophy soon.

“The money people at Tottenham would say getting into the Champions League is the priority this season. But for the Tottenham supporters, it’s all about winning trophies,” he added.

“You’ve got to start winning something now – eventually. I sat with three Gooners in our little camp the other day, watching the Arsenal vs Tottenham game, and all they could say was, ‘Yeah, they’re doing alright at the moment, but where’s their silverware?’

“That’s all they kept saying. I understand that. Arsenal have picked up their FA cups over the last five or six, seven years, which is amazing, the way I see it. They keep winning trophies and it’s what Tottenham need to do.”

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