Some Tottenham players were ‘angered’ by Jose Mourinho’s comments after Sunday’s draw at Newcastle United, according to Football London.
Spurs let yet another second half lead slip at St. James’ Park, drawing 2-2 despite being ahead for most of the game thanks to a Harry Kane brace.
After the match, it was put to Mourinho that his teams used to be renowned for holding onto leads, to which he responded (via BBC Sport): “Same coach, different players.”
And appearing to blame the players rather than take responsibility himself apparently hasn’t gone down too well with sections of the squad.
Football London claims some players were left ‘angered’ by their manager’s words, which isn’t really a surprise.
Obviously a number of individuals were poor on Sunday and have been throughout the campaign, but the defenders in particular are clearly struggling with Mourinho’s tactics.
They look panicky at the back and unable to play out comfortably, a key facet of a ‘good defence’ in the modern game.
Mourinho needs to alter something but it seems he is banking on making changes in the transfer window this summer rather than on the pitch in the coming weeks.