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Tottenham could be higher in the Premier League table if Jose Mourinho wasn’t in charge

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Jose Mourinho must take responsibility for Tottenham’s struggles this season, considering Leicester are third in the Premier League with a weaker squad than Spurs.

That’s the view of former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, who dismissed any suggestion that Mourinho’s squad isn’t good enough.

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Tottenham are languishing in ninth place following four defeats in their last five league games, the latest of which came at West Ham on Sunday.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara defended Mourinho this morning and slammed the recent performances from his players – but Murphy disagrees.

He points at the job Brendan Rodgers is doing at Leicester to highlight how Tottenham could be better off without Mourinho in charge.

“When you look at Leicester’s squad and Tottenham’s squad, there’s not too much difference,” Murphy said.

“If anything, you would argue that Tottenham have better players, especially in attacking areas.

Mourinho has made several players outcasts, most notably Gareth Bale

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Mourinho has made several players outcasts, most notably Gareth Bale

“Would Son get in Leicester’s team? I think so. We’re looking at two teams who are pretty level in terms of squads.

“I think another coach could get more out of Tottenham and get them in a similar position to Leicester.”

Meanwhile, Murphy was keen to emphasis that many Tottenham players have gone backwards under Mourinho.

The likes of Harry Winks, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko all started the 2019 Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino, now they can’t get in the starting XI.

“Most football fans are realistic, there was a bit of talk earlier in the season about Tottenham winning the title, but that was never going to happen,” Murphy added.

Mourinho faces a big challenge trying to get Tottenham into the top four this season

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Mourinho faces a big challenge trying to get Tottenham into the top four this season

“When you look at the squad, Christian Eriksen left and maybe they could’ve done more to keep him.

“He’s one they’ve missed. Rose has hardly got a game, he’s a high-quality international left-back. Alderweireld is the best centre-back they’ve got and he doesn’t play.

“Winks, Sissoko and Alli all played in the Champions League final, none of them are getting any game time.

“That’s where the questions rise: is he getting enough out of his players? The answer is no.”

 

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