Former Arsenal midfielder can't see what José Mourinho's Tottenham "are actually trying to do"

Monday, March 9th, 2020 1:09pm

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has claimed José Mourinho's tactics at Tottenham Hotspur are leaving him somewhat bemused.

When the club made the appointment, it left most neutrals, fans and pundits alike with a raised eyebrow. 

José Mourinho, formerly of Chelsea- twice- now managing their bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Like most of Mourinho's career, there was bound to be entertainment. 

Managing a side who had failed to capitalise on a squad full of talent by not lifting any silverware under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs it could be argued, were the perfect fit for the Portuguese. 

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Having success with sides such as Porto and Inter Milan, who many would consider 'lesser' teams compared to Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, José enjoys overseeing the 'plucky underdogs'. Many would put Tottenham in that bracket of not quite top-tier status; so could this be the perfect match for a man whose managerial ability has been called into question in the last few seasons. 

During the start of his tenure with the club, Tottenham rose up the table in dramatic fashion and were on course to overtake Chelsea in fourth. However injuries to Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane have seemingly ended all hopes of the club achieving anything this season. 

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Being dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Norwich last week and also trailing RB Leipzig 1-0 on aggregate after the first-leg defeat at home, Spurs are winless in five now across all competitions. 

Speaking to Weekend Breakfast, former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has been left confused as to how Mourinho is trying to get his new outfit playing.

"When José Mourinho was at his best, I go back to it, you knew exactly what game plan they had. You could see what players had to do on the field, what their jobs were when they were in possession and when they're out of possession.

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"Since he's been at Spurs, I can't see what Spurs are actually trying to do. It looks as though it's off the cuff football at times, whether it's defensively or with the ball.

"I can't see patterns of play, I can't see how they're trying to get the ball from the back to the front, I can't see what the midfield positions are trying to do.

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"You know, when they do play well, it's usually because the individuals have done something brilliant, it's not because they're working as a team. And that must come down to the manager.

"You can complain about injuries all he likes, that's the time he has to be better on the training field to get some sort of basic game plan. He's not doing it."

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