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Jamie Redknapp believes Tottenham is suffering a huge drop in form because José Mourinho is trying to please the club’s fans.
Spurs are currently looking for a shadow of the team that topped the Premier League in December.
Mourinho’s side looked tired and lacking in creativity as they were beaten 3-0 by Premier League form leader Manchester City Saturday night. That loss makes it one win in six for the Spurs in all competitions.
The North London team were flying after a 2-0 home win over City in November. However, Redknapp says Tottenham look at a completely different side now.
“Tottenham was outclassed in many areas,” said Redknapp Sky sports. “They were leaders on December 15 and now they are 14 points behind Man City.
“When I look at the team that was at the top, a lot of people were talking about how they could win the league, they love the way they are playing, a masterclass from Jose, defensively solid and impressive at halftime.
“But when I see this Spurs team right now, it’s a shadow of that team. With no pace going forward, Son is defending rather than attacking and the way they are playing now, it almost feels like a masterclass from Jose and they are really fighting.
Tottenham won ugly
“It almost feels like José is trying to make other people happy with the way he plays. When they were playing well at that stage, they were playing against Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and it was not a pleasure to watch, but it was a victory for them.
“Now it’s like I’m almost trying to please the fans and it doesn’t work. Turning all four butts all the time: when do you give someone confidence? Then he said they had made mistakes, yeah, because you keep changing all four butts every week. That’s what I feel for myself.
“It is a team that lacks confidence, but has to accept responsibility for that. He brings Dele Alli and Gareth Bale and wants them rescued, if he wishes. You’ve been treating them badly, they haven’t been on the team, and now you’re asking them to make a difference for you. This is not how modern football works.
“You need to keep the players in play and José is getting used to upsetting a lot of people right now. It needs allies, not enemies. “
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