Norwich City star Alex Tettey has told Norwegian outlet VG that Tottenham Hotspur have got worse under current manager Jose Mourinho, when compared to Spurs under former boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich City on penalties, after Tim Krul pulled off a penalty-shootout masterclass – saving spot-kicks from Gedson Fernandes and Troy Parrott. Erik Lamela hit the bar.
Spurs were expected to blow Norwich away, especially given the north Londoners were at home and the Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League table. But The Canaries knocked Spurs out, and Tettey compared the Spurs side between managers.
He claims under Mourinho, Spurs wait for you to attack and given Norwich’s ball-playing style – they will create chances. However, under Pochettino, Tottenham caused other teams problems with their free-flowing attack.
“They’ve changed completely from being very aggressive and good with the ball under Mauricio Pochettino, to what they’re doing now, where they just wait for you. If you play as we play, you create chances,” Tettey said.
TBR’s view – Tottenham have improved in the league, but are they better?
Yes, Spurs have gone from 14th in the Premier League under Pochettino to a side capable of finishing in the top four. But have they improved? Mourinho is known for his defensive-style management, but that has simply not happened at Spurs.
Indeed, Mourinho’s side have kept just three Premier League clean sheets since taking over. Though a more conservative approach at Spurs, the north Londoners have not stopped conceding. Are they any better? Probably not.