Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been criticised by Last Word on Spurs podcast contributor Emma Storey (February 23, 3:03).
Spurs lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Saturday in a game that was marked by a remarkably negative approach from the manager.
Of course, both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are currently injured, meaning that the club do not have a senior striker available.
Nevertheless, Spurs have lost their last two games, to the Blues and to RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
While that came after a run of three successive wins in all competitions, Mourinho said after the result at Stamford Bridge that he wished it was already pre-season, despite there being 11 games of the league season remaining and the club still participating in both European competition and the FA Cup.
And Storey said: “I have sympathy for him, but he’s got to make it work. And he can’t just project this image to the rest of the team that ‘ah well, you know, we’ve got no strikers so let’s just call it quits on this season and look forward to next season.’
“The thing is, it feels like it, it feels like that’s what he’s doing right now. And you can’t be, you can’t do that, it’s only February.”
Mourinho is perhaps attempting to manage expectations after Kane and Son’s injuries but it does feel remarkably defeatist.
Against Chelsea, Spurs had just five shots on goal, with just three on target. Mourinho also set up with a flat back five, inviting pressure from the Blues, who had 17 efforts on goal in total.
Playing a rival, Mourinho reverted to a defensive type, seemingly setting up his side to make the most of counter attacks that never really came about and then moaned about it afterwards.
He actually said that opponents know that Spurs are left in trouble as soon as they concede, meaning that the majority of noises coming from the Portuguese are negative.
Nevertheless, Spurs remain just four points off the top four with 11 games remaining; they are only 1-0 down against Leipzig from the first leg; they face Norwich City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Manchester City’s Champions League ban could even allow the fifth-placed team to qualify for Europe’s premier competition.
That’s three fronts on which Spurs can still achieve something in, as Storey says, Mourinho can’t write the season off this early.