Tim Sherwood has been quoted by Goal as absolutely hammering Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur tactics against Chelsea as “absolutely disgusting”, as Spurs suffered a 2-1 defeat to Frank Lampard’s men.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso proved too much for Spurs, who only managed a late consolation goal via Antonio Rudiger’s inadvertent own goal. Spurs were negative throughout the match, and hardly laid a glove on Chelsea.
Since Jose Mourinho has taken over at Tottenham, the Portuguese has seen Spurs rise from the bottom half of the table to sixth place. But Saturday lunchtime saw Chelsea extend the gap between the two London sides from just one point, to four.
Mourinho is without key attacking duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, but that did not stop former Spurs boss Sherwood from laying into the ex-Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss for his negativity at Stamford Bridge.
“Tottenham were absolutely disgusting,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions, as per Goal. “They were so bad. The negative approach. Yes, they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that.
“But they’ve got [Steven] Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got [Lucas] Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace. Find a different way. As a coach, you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in.
“If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off. It’s not about that, it’s a London derby. It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent.”
TBR’s view – Did Mourinho hand Chelsea three points?
Yes, the injuries to Kane and Son are two enormous hammer blows to Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top four. But the Spurs side still boasts massive quality, as underlined by Sherwood.
Bergwijn, Moura, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon all remain as attacking options for Mourinho, while Gio Lo Celso provides plenty of creativity from deep. Spurs have the attacking talent, but Mourinho numbed that against Chelsea.
If Mourinho had been more open and let Spurs attack freely then perhaps his side may have scored and looked more of a threat. Defensively, though, Spurs are still shaky and there is every chance they could have conceded more. Finding a balance is key.