Former England striker and now pundit, Michael Owen, has suggested that a lack of trust from Jose Mourinho could prevent Tottenham from being successful.
Spurs drew 0-0 with Chelsea at the weekend as they continued their fine start to the season. Mourinho, bullish as ever, insisted his team were unhappy to only take one point from the game.
However, after drawing an unusual blank, former England and Liverpool man Owen questioned whether the likes of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane have the full trust of Mourinho to do the business in the big games.
“Would I like playing as a centre-forward in that game today for Tottenham? I’d be thinking I prefer the way [Mauricio] Pochettino used to play. They trusted us, we went head-to-head with these teams, we might lose 3-2 or we might win 4-2,” Owen told Premier League TV.
“If I play for Jose Mourinho, I’d be thinking does he trust us to go head-to-head with these big teams because every time we play anyone decent all we do is sit back. We are world-class players, trust us against these big teams.”
Owen’s comments came on the back of a more subdued performance from Spurs, who struggled to break down the ever-impressive Thiago Silva in the Chelsea back four.
However, there was a sense that Mourinho was content with a point, and, in fairness, Spurs did stick six past Manchester United earlier in the season.
In isolation, Owen is right but overall, no – TBR View
To say Kane and Son are being hindered somewhat by Mourinho is a bit harsh given Kane is the leading assist maker in Europe and Son is one of the Premier League’s top scorers.
The game at Chelsea was more important not to lose, especially given the form and threat the Blues carry. It was classic Mourinho really, in terms of getting in, getting out, and moving on with no damage done.
Owen has some good points at times but appears to be a bit wide of the mark here.