Glenn Hoddle reckons Tottenham have a ‘big problem’ on their hands if Jose Mourinho is having self doubts.
Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League in the last-16 stage to the Bundesliga giants as Marcel Sabitzer bagged twice in the first half before Emil Forsberg scored late on.
Spurs already trailed 1-0 from the first leg and Hugo Lloris’ howlers at the Red Bull Arena summed up a frustrating night for the Special One.
It’s now six years since the Portuguese boss last won a Champions League knockout tie wth his last victory coming when in charge of Manchester United against Sevilla.
And with Mourinho once again playing defensively in the first leg at home and failing to turn things around in the second it seems an all too familiar story beginning to play out.
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BT Sport pundit and Spurs legend Hoddle has now begun to question if Mourinho is on the decline.
“I don’t know if it’s [the game] moved on and he hasn’t,” he said.
“Let’s be fair I don’t think the squad was as good as he thought it was going to be at Tottenham. He’s had his key players taken away from him so actually he’s got to do better with the players that he’s got.
“That is his problem at this moment in time. He hasn’t sort of pushed himself to the limits tactically to come up with something where he’s going to get the best out of this squad at this moment in time.
“That might come later down the line but he might need another transfer window to get some more players in that he wants. Whether the game’s moved on I’m not sure.
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“I’ll tell you what I do worry as a Spurs man, I do wonder whether he’s got self doubts now which he’s never had in his career.
“That is a big problem. if he has and that will only unfold in the coming six, seven, eight months.”
Things have been far from plain sailing in the league for the former Chelsea boss since he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs sit eighth in the table, seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea, and plenty of talk in the lead up to tonight’s encounter saw Mourinho criticised for publicly calling out Tanguy Ndombele.
The midfielder came in for criticism for his display in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at the weekend.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says we’ve seen it all before from his time at Old Trafford and it doesn’t end well.
“He done that at Manchester United with Luke Shaw,” he said.
“He done it with Pogba. What was the reaction that he got there? It wasn’t positive. He lost them and others in the dressing room through doing that.
“He had players like at Chelsea and Inter, seasoned players who are hardened players. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech.
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“He could do that. Them players could take criticism and I’m not sure he done it publicly with them either.
“Players in this generation might be different and you’ve got to handle that. If he had a full squad and he was doing this to Ndombele I’d understand it he might get a reaction.
“He’s down to the bare bones and it;s the depth he keeps moaning about of the squad and you’re risking a player reacting the right way positively to the criticism publicly. I don’t get it.”
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