Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has questioned Jose Mourinho for his negative brand of football.
Mourinho’s typically defensive style saw Spurs top the Premier League back in December, but just seven wins from their previous 18 league matches since beating Arsenal to climb to the summit has seen the Portuguese boss come under scrutiny.
Until recently, the Spurs manager had been continuously selecting defensive line-ups, only changing his ways following three defeats on the bounce, which coincided with the return to form of Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale.
As well as the Welshman, Tottenham have a number of talented attackers in their squad in the shape of Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, and deadly duo Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.
And Fry thinks that Mourinho has a “duty” to play more expansively with that amount of talent at his disposal.
He told Football FanCast: “Since he went to United and a certain extent to Tottenham he’s more ‘I don’t want to lose, I don’t want to get beat’. It frustrated United fans, certainly frustrated me, and frustrates the Tottenham fans. Because both United and Tottenham have got brilliant players.
“Tottenham fans want to see ‘attack, attack, attack’. With the players he’s got he has got to be more positive than he is negative. He’s had some wonderful results, but then sometimes he plays not to lose and I don’t think Tottenham like that. He’s very successful when he attacks. He’s got a duty to play attacking football the whole time.”