Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports (29/11; 18:40) that he noticed Jose Mourinho going crazy with Joe Rodon during the second-half of Tottenham Hotspur’s draw on Sunday after the centre-back pushed forward while in possession.
Spurs returned to the top of the Premier League table after drawing 0-0 at Chelsea. It proved to be an attritional game in which Tottenham failed to register a shot during the second-half.
They did come under a little more pressure after the break after looking incredibly dangerous during the first-half. But Hugo Lloris was not given too much to do during the periods in which the home side were on top.
And Redknapp has suggested that Tottenham’s second-half stability may have stemmed from Mourinho’s desire to not lose the game – which apparently came across when the 23-year-old attempted to drive out of the backline.
“I can imagine second-half that Jose said to his team: ‘let’s get a point’. They lost two games to Chelsea last year. They were outclassed in both of those games,” he told Sky Sports.
“‘Let’s make sure we get something, by hook or by crook, we’re going to make sure we’re defensively sound. We’re going to win free-kicks. Don’t do anything too quickly’. There was an example when you just showed Rodon going forward with the ball, I watched Jose and his assistant when he did that. They went crazy. They were like: ‘get back. We want to be defensively sound’.”
TBR View: Mourinho’s post-match comments suggest otherwise
While Mourinho may have been upset with Rodon in that particular moment, his post-match comments suggest that Redknapp may be being a little unfair on the Tottenham boss.
Mourinho claimed that Spurs were looking to win (via Football London). And their first-half display saw them show plenty of intent.
They did become a little more cautious after the break. But they were also a better pass from Giovani Lo Celso away from creating a fantastic opportunity in the final moments with several of their players bursting into the Chelsea box.