Alan Hutton has rubbished the suggestion Tottenham fans will not be happy with the way the team are playing under Jose Mourinho.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender insisted he was excited by the counter-attacking football on show in north London despite questions over how supporters would be feeling.
As detailed by Transfermarkt, Spurs had just 30.8 per cent of possession in Sunday’s 2-0 derby day win over Arsenal – the ninth-lowest amount of possession any team has had in the opening 107 Premier League games this season.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Mourinho brushed off the statistics and insisted the “ball possession story is more for sports philosophers than it’s for me”.
On average, Tottenham have had exactly 50 per cent of the ball in their opening 11 league game, placing them 12th in the possession table between Fulham and Aston Villa.
Hutton has defended Mourinho’s methods at Spurs and insists fans should have no reason to complain with what they are watching.
Asked if supporters would be happy with the way their side are playing, Hutton told Football Insider: “I’ve heard this question asked a few times, I think they will.
“You look at the possession stats, 70 per cent possession (for Arsenal) which, if we hadn’t watched the game, you’d be thinking they must have played brilliant but the only thing that counts is the score in the top left-hand corner.
“It’s a 2-0 win and yes, it’s defensive but if you look at it, if you watch the game, it’s a defensive shape that’s set up to counter-attack very quickly and it’s actually quite nice to watch.
“When they win the ball back, it’s two, three passes and it’s a shot on goal. It’s exciting to watch, I don’t think any Tottenham fan will be annoyed at that.
“They’re top of the league, playing in a way that suits them at the moment and they’re going for trophies and it’s working at the moment so I’m sure they’ll be happy.”
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