- Danny Murphy said they’d actually got themselves a bit of a run going to try and compete for the top four.
- He has defended Jose Mourinho amid criticism over the job.
- He don’t think Mourinho can make Tottenham into Man City or Liverpool and play that way with the players he’s got.
“We have to give it perspective, the midweek performance and result was horrendous. It was poor in so many ways,” Murphy told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“Over the last five games, Tottenham are top of the form league table. They did lose to Arsenal and didn’t play well, but they’ve been going well and playing well.
“They’d actually got themselves a bit of a run going to try and compete for the top four, they’re three points off Chelsea, so all is not lost.”
Murphy continued: “I think Mourinho is very adept at using the tools he has. I don’t think he can make Tottenham into Man City or Liverpool and play that way with the players he’s got.
“I think he looked at the group of players, and he’s tried to adapt the way he plays to get success.
“If Tottenham win that game against City and finish in the top four, that’s a tremendous achievement with that group of players.
“Some will sit here and say ‘well, he should do that with that group of players’. No, the budget he has and squad he’s got doesn’t compare to some of the clubs he’s competing with.”
Mourinho has been accused of playing a negative style of football with Tottenham that has not impressed fans.
But Murphy argued that the Portuguese manager is playing within the confines of what the talent at his disposal allows.
“If Mourinho walked into Manchester City tomorrow, do you think he’d play that way? No,” The former Tottenham midfielder said.
“We saw Mourinho with the best players at his disposal at Real Madrid and break all kinds of points and goalscoring records when they won the league.