Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho brushes off boring style of play tag as Zlatan Ibrahimovic hails manager as ‘one of the best’ December 13, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Jose Mourinho has laughed off criticism that his Tottenham team are boring to watch.
The three-time Premier League winner has led Spurs to the top of the Premier League after 11 games of the 2020/21 campaign, although the ‘Special One’s’ style of play and methods have often left fans and players frustrated in the past.
But Mourinho is disinterested in how he is perceived in the game, insisting that his critics don’t need to watch Spurs.
“If they don’t enjoy to watch, then don’t watch. It’s as simple as that,” the manager told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been a pundit myself for a couple of months and I learned to respect them even if I don’t agree.”
Mourinho’s ruthless counter-attacking style was clear for all to see in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over north London rivals Arsenal, with Watford striker Troy Deeney jumping to his defence following the match.
“Style of play is always an interesting opinion to have because it’s always based on what you prefer as an individual to watch,” Deeney told Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They’re always going to give you the ball under the false pretence that you’re in control. And that’s what they did for the goals.
“Don’t get me wrong the goals were unbelievable finishes, but the essence of what they what they doing is let you have the ball, play well and get loads of crosses in, but did you really feel Arsenal were going to score?”
He continued: “I liked the way that they played. When [Heung-min] Son is going through for that goal that’s two passes and then he scored a worldie into the top corner.
“That’s very good football. It doesn’t always have to be 47 passes from the goalkeeper, the third man runs and scores… there’s so many ways to play football and that’s why we love it and we’ve got this job to talk about it.”
Legendary Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who worked with Mourinho at both Inter and Manchester United, hasn’t been surprised to see the 57-year-old making a big impact in north London.
“He’s doing his job, he’s proved and has proven that he is a top coach, one of the best, so he is just continuing to do what he’s doing, so it’s not a surprise,” Ibrahimovic told 5 Live.
“The only thing he’s doing is doing it with a different club now, so I know who Mourinho is as a person and a coach and the philosophy that he brings out is a successful recipe.
“He’s just continuing to do things he was doing before.”