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Jose Mourinho accused of 'brainwashing' Tottenham stars into defensive mindset


Jose Mourinho has been accused of brainwashing his Tottenham players into sticking rigidly to his defensive style of football. That’s according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who has criticised the team’s recent performances.

Tottenham are without a win in their last four Premier League matches following Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Wolves.

Mourinho’s side, who were previously heralded as title contenders by some, are now in fifth place, six points adrift of defending champions Liverpool at the top of the table.

Spurs took the lead inside the first minute at Wolves when Tanguy Ndombele beat Rui Patricio from outside the area, but went into their shell from then on to try and protect a 1-0 lead.

It did not work, as Romain Saiss headed in a late corner to earn the hosts a point, and the statistics told the story of Spurs’ defensive nature.

Their last shot on target against Wolves came in the 21st minute, while in their last seven league games they have attempted just 22 second-half shots, with six on target, which is the joint lowest tally in the Premier League alongside struggling West Bromwich Albion.

Tottenham’s 1-1 draws with Wolves and Crystal Palace and defeats by Liverpool and Leicester in the past two weeks have left O’Hara questioning the merits of Mourinho’s counter-attacking approach.

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O’Hara, who played for Spurs in the 2008//09 season, believes that Harry Redknapp’s squad had greater depth than the current one at Mourinho’s disposal.

“I think the 2009 team was a better team than Spurs have got now,” said O’Hara, who made 28 appearances for Tottenham that season.

“You are talking about Modric, Berbatov, Keane, Bale, Lennon. I think Spurs need an Aaron Lennon and that should be Lucas Moura and should be Steven Bergwijn.

“Aaron Lennon was someone who had blistering pace, could get beyond and when he got the ball he could make things happen.

“When I’m seeing Bergwijn and Moura get the ball, they’re not making things happen.”

Tottenham will look to end their winless run when they host Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.





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