Frank McAvennie is fed up of people defending the Tottenham players who can’t handle Jose Mourinho’s confrontational nature. 

The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the current crop of Spurs players need to take a leaf out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s book.

Mourinho managed Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan where they won a Serie A title together and at Manchester United where the pair won a Europa League and Carabao Cup.

Tottenham are struggling this season and a recent loss against Manchester United severely damaged the club’s chances of securing a top four finish in the Premier League.

McAvennie claims Tottenham’s players ‘just can’t handle’ Mourinho and that they should be more like Ibrahimovic, who would ‘run through a brick wall’ for his manager.

“What you see is what you get with Mourinho,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“He’s one of the top coaches in the world, I don’t know how much Spurs have given him to spend, not as much as he usually gets, that’s for sure. 

“I read Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s book and he’d run through a brick wall for Mourinho, he says he’d argue with you but if he’s got a problem with you he’ll tell you to your face, then it’s forgotten about. 

“Those Tottenham players just can’t handle that. That’s not Mourinho’s fault. I’m fed up of some people defending the players, they’re earning a load of money. 

“If the manager can’t shout at you, it’s not personal. If someone shouted at me I’d go out and want to prove them wrong and that’s what the Spurs players have got to buy into.”


Ibrahimovic clearly has an attachment to Mourinho as TalkSPORT quote him as saying, “He formed an attachment to me even before we met. He would become a guy I was basically willing to die for.”

Mourinho has now lost ten league games this season, the most league games he’s lost in one campaign during his managerial career.

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