Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho sought to play down his side’s Premier League title hopes earlier this week, describing Spurs as a “pony” rather than the proverbial racehorse.
“We are not even in the race. We are not a horse,” the Tottenham boss said about his table-toppers. “I don’t know what the word is. We are the small, young horses. We are just a pony.”
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has rejected Mourinho’s analogy, deeming the North Londoners to be full of quality and depth.
Nonetheless, the retired England international acknowledged what the Tottenham boss is “trying to do”, namely keeping pressure off his players.
“They’re certainly not the little pony that he suggests,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“I know what he’s trying to do because he’s very good at it – they are not the little pony, that squad is full of quality and also depth that you need if you’re going to win a title.”
Tottenham sit top of the table with 21 points from 10 games, having won six, drawn three and lost just one game – the season opener against Everton.
Spurs are in North London derby action on Sunday, hosting an Arsenal side struggling in the league.
Mourinho has a history of making horse-racing analogies to play down his team’s hopes of winning the title, and it makes a huge difference in terms of keeping the pressure off the players.
That said, we’re only 10 league matchdays in, and there’s still so much that can happen, though if Spurs get through the festive period still at the summit or within reach, then talk of the title will increase.