Former England and Tottenham Hotspur defender Gary Mabbutt had his say on Tottenham’s defeat last night on Love Sport Breakfast, broadcasting weekdays from 6:30.
Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League last night after a disappointing 3-0 defeat against RB Leipzig, within a week of Norwich City knocking them out of the FA Cup. This amounted to José Mourinho’s sixth successive defeat in all competitions: his worst ever run as a manager.
Mourinho has blamed last night’s defeat on an injury-ridden first team. Spurs were without Steven Bergwijn, Ben Davies, Harry Kane, Davinson Sánchez, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min. Speaking in a press conference after the thrashing he stated that: “All the players on the Leipzig bench would play at this moment in my team.”
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A top-four finish in the Premier League is all Spurs boss José Mourinho has got left to play for. With a crucial game against Mourinho's former club Manchester United approaching on Sunday, Gary Mabbutt was questioned as to whether Mourinho should again rethink his team selection.
Gary however remained positive about Spurs’ future prospects under Mourinho, but felt the Portuguese needed to do more to find the strengths within the current squad.
"I think that he's got a lot of options available, he has yet to find the formula to work for him. He's not exactly sure, at the moment of how to play it, which players to play and in what position, which formation to set them up in, certainly for me, you know, at times, it's been very much, you know, chopping and changing”.
Gary highlighted how finding results will take time under Mourinho following Pochettino’s mid-season exit.
“When you come in, you got to actually identify your players, know exactly what your players are capable of, in and out. And that's what takes a while for a manager to get used to.
“Normally at least, he comes in during the end of the season. You've got the whole preseason, the whole summer to prepare for the new season. He's not had that.
“But as I say, magic comes in mid-season.
"You got to actually accept the there have been circumstances have been quite exceptional with him coming taking over when he did.
“So yes, he's got to find out the players that he could trust. Find out the players when he knows what they can do, bring those players in and get the best out of those players on the field.
“And that comes with confidence, confidence comes with winning games. We have to start winning games”.
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