‘He’s done’ – Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho likened to Arsene Wenger as sack claims amplify
Tottenham: Jose Mourinho reacts to Zagreb defeat
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is “done as a top-class manager”, according to former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson. Mourinho saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League on Thursday against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. Spurs took a 2-0 first-leg lead to Croatia but lost 3-0 on the night after extra time in a hugely damaging night for the north London side.
Tottenham are in the final of the Carabao Cup, where they play Manchester City at Wembley next month.
However, their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are diminishing fast.
Many Spurs fans on social media have called for Mourinho to be fired and former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara agrees Thursday’s loss was a “sackable offence”.
Robson believes Mourinho’s issues as a manager started before he took over at Tottenham.
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And he has compared him to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who he was heavily critical of during his final few years at the Gunners.
“I think [Mourinho] is [officially done as a top-tier manager],” Robson told ESPN FC.
“I go back to something we said before, he was brilliant the first time round at Porto, he was brilliant at Chelsea the first time round, he was brilliant at Inter, but I think he’s lost his way and football’s bypassed him.
“It does with certain managers. It happened with, and I’m going to say it, Arsene Wenger and I think it’s happening with Mourinho.
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“His style of management, his style of football, is outdated now and he’s not been able to get the best out of the players.
“So yes I think he’s done as a top-class manager.”
A hat-trick from Mislav Orsic led Zagreb to one of the greatest European nights in the club’s history.
And Mourinho could not hide his feelings when speaking after the dramatic defeat.
“To say that I feel sad is not enough because what I feel goes much further than sadness,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.
“I just left the Dinamo dressing room where I went there to praise the guys, and I feel sorry that one team that is not my team won the game based on attitude, based on compromise.
“So I feel more than sad and that’s it. Football is not just about players that think they have more quality than others, the basic of football goes beyond that. The basics of football is the attitude and they beat us on that.
“Many times I fear my thoughts, my feelings but I don’t ban myself in a sense I always share them.
“Before the game I told the players the risks of a bad attitude. At half-time, even at 0-0, I told the players the risk of playing the way we were playing.
“And it happened, because I believe the players only realised the game was at risk when they scored the second goal and it went to extra-time.”
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