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José Mourinho’s 2004 criticism of Tottenham is eye-opening amid current struggles

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Currently, a lot is being made of Tottenham’s negative style of play under José Mourinho, in which there is little excitement on show.

The Daily Mail say that there is unease around the Spurs squad in regards to the ex-Chelsea manager’s style of play.

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That same report states that Tottenham’s players are worried that his conservative style is impeding the team’s attacking stars.

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José Mourinho’s 2004 criticism

Funnily enough, amid the club’s struggles to entertain, some comments that Mourinho made in 2004 have reared their head.

Speaking after his Chelsea side drew 0-0 against Tottenham in September 2004, the Portuguese coach is quoted by the BBC as saying: “As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.

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“I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend.”

Nowadays, the shoe is well and truly on the other foot.

It is almost eery to see these comments. If Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea had drawn 0-0 with Spurs the other day, you could easily link these comments to the German and not question their validity in the slightest.

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José Mourinho’s 2004 criticism

Mourinho has turned into the very thing he’s criticising in his comments from 2004.

Football is a funny old game, and these comments have truly come back to bite the 58-year-old on the backside.

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The scathing attack on the side who now pay his wages reeks of hypocrisy.

For Tottenham’s sake, let’s hope he can get the north Londoners playing as freely as they were at the start of the season – right now, it’s far too boring.

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