Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will be disappointed with his tenure at Spurs since his arrival, claimed Alan Shearer. The former Newcastle and Blackburn star blasted Mourinho, claiming that his negative comments aren’t helping the situation in north London.
Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, following a penalty shootout defeat to Norwich City.
The result capped off a poor couple of weeks for Spurs, having lost their last two Premier League matches.
They were also well-beaten by Champions League opposition RB Leipzig at home, despite the 1-0 scoreline.
Shearer is aware that times are tough at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Mourinho’s negativity hasn’t helped things.
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“I don’t think his tenure at Tottenham has gone as well as he would have hoped,” Shearer told Coral.
“I know they have had injuries, with Harry Kane and Son both out long-term.
“However, a lot of the time I listen to Jose, it’s negative. It’s either we haven’t got this, or we have to concentrate on this tie so we can’t concentrate on that game.
“They still have some incredibly talented players at Tottenham, but they are not playing as well as their fans will want them to.
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“It’s been a difficult week for them, losing to Wolves and then falling out of the FA Cup.
“The game against Burnley is a huge game for them and it is going to be very tough. If Burnley win, they will go above them in the table.”
Spurs face a Burnley side at Turf Moor that are in red-hot form.
Sean Dyche’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League in six matches; a run stretching back to their 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on January 11.
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Mourinho’s negativity stems from the club’s numerous injury concerns.
They’re particularly short in attack, with Harry and Kane and Son Heung-min both sidelined.
Kane has been recovering from a hamstring injury that he picked up in the New Year’s Day clash against Southampton.
Son fractured his arm last month, in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
After the FA Cup defeat to Norwich, Mourinho claimed that he was struggling to find motivation for his weakened attack force, ahead of a busy few weeks.
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“Lucas [Moura] and [Steven] Bergwijn, they told me ‘out immediately, because I am very close to being injured’,” said Mourinho, explaining why he substituted both attackers against the Canaries.
“So I had to take them out in a moment where the result is 1-0 and there is always a risk of happening what happened.
“Trying to give my boys a chance to go to Leipzig with a minimum of conditions to fight against a fresh team, a team with incredible solutions and options and rotations…
“I have to think about a Saturday match and a Tuesday match and try to decide which one is the priority, and which one is the one where I can give some of my boys under huge fatigue the best possible chance.”
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