Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer believes Jose Mourinho must be judged at the end of the season.
After managing to pick up a bit of form, Tottenham have once again found themselves in a difficult moment. The north London club recently lost against their fierce rivals Arsenal before their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, which saw them get knocked out of the Europa League.
Going into that second leg last-16 tie, Mourinho was already coming under heavy criticism due to what some have perceived as a negative approach to the north London derby.
The sharks will no doubt continue to circle after that horror show in Croatia with The Daily Mail reporting he’ll be sacked if he doesn’t secure a top-four finish, but Palmer is adamant a verdict on Mourinho should not be made until the end of the campaign and has defended the Portuguese coach’s style of football.
Speaking prior to the loss against Dinamo, Palmer told FFC:
“That’s the way Mourinho plays, so that’s nothing new. That’s the way he plays and he gets results, he wins football matches, he wins trophies. You have to judge Mourinho come the end of the season.”
Discussing Mourinho’s philosophy further, the ex-England international added:
“I know people are saying it’s a negative system, but Harry Kane is still creating a lot of opportunities and scoring a lot of goals, so it cannot be that negative. I think they’ve scored over 100 goals as well, you know, so yeah.”
While their elimination from the Europa League would have come as huge disappointment, Spurs’ season is far from over.
Mourinho’s men are still in the race to finish in the top four and also have a Carabao Cup final against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to look forward to in April.