Tottenham have been warned they risk dropping down the Premier League unless they start playing more positive football, after Jose Mourinho’s men drew 1-1 with Fulham on Wednesday night.
Spurs have now dropped ten points from winning positions this season, with Harry Kane’s first-half goal cancelled out by Ivan Cavaleiro’s header after the break.
Harry Kane’s diving header handed Tottenham a deserved lead at the breakGetty Images – Getty
But Cavaleiro took advantage of some poor Spurs defending to rescue a point for FulhamGetty Images – Getty
Mourinho blamed ‘individual mistakes’ and ‘impossible saves’ from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for their disappointing result.
But former Spurs and Chelsea defender Cundy believes the manager’s negative tactics are coming back to bite his old club, admitting he’s NEVER seen the manager play more defensively.
Which is saying something…
“He’s playing with the handbrake up at the moment – and more so now than I ever saw at Chelsea or Manchester United,” said The Sports Bar host.
“I don’t think he trusts his defence. I don’t think he trusts them as a unit defensively, therefore you see the handbrake coming on.”
The draw at home meant Tottenham missed the chance to climb back into the top three.
Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure on the Tottenham touchline as his side again failed to kill off a game – but are his tactics helping?AFP or licensors
The north Londoners currently sit sixth in a really tight top of the table, but with only four points separating them from tenth, Cundy believes they risk slipping further down the standings.
“It’s not going to take much for Spurs to drop down the table by a couple of places if they keep dropping silly points,” he added.
“And it won’t take much for them to climb the table if they manage to turn around those draws.
“But Palace, Wolves and now Fulham – that’s nine points there they should have won. They took the lead in those games and tactically decided that was enough to win the game and hold on.
“You can see from the way Jose sets his team up, in that way that he doesn’t trust has defence.
“He knows he doesn’t have the best defence in the world, he knows he doesn’t have the best players in the world, but he’s tactically set them up to negate the frailties they have.
“But ultimately they’re not the best side in the world, and that’s how teams manage to find a way – Palace did it, Wolves did it and now Fulham have done it.”
Cundy also once again questioned Spurs’ deal to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid this season, after the Welshman was left on the bench against Fulham.
Speaking earlier this week, the talkSPORT host branding the deal ‘strange’ given his lack of regular game time.
And he doesn’t understand why Mourinho didn’t bring on the forward after Fulham’s equaliser to push for all three points.
Gareth Bale has looked a shadow of the player that blew the Premier League away during his initial spell with Tottenhamgetty
Cundy said: “The Gareth Bale signing….
“When you’re in a game like this, isn’t that what bale has come in for? Bring him on with ten minutes to go!
“OK he didn’t start the game, fine, I know he’s had injuries, but come on, isn’t this the type of game where you bring a player in from Real Madrid to change?
“Again, I think this tells you a little bit more about Gareth Bale at Spurs at the moment, there’s something not quite right.
“Why not put him on?”