Jose Mourinho needs to learn lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson and be more adaptable at Tottenham.
That is the view of ex-England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Mourinho’s side dropped another two points against Everton on Friday night.
Tottenham have now dropped 20 points from winning positions this season, the joint-most in the league along with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Speaking on the unwanted record ahead of his side’s 2-2 draw with Everton, Mourinho refused to fully explain why he thought his side kept surrendering leads.
He told Sky Sports: “I think it has to do with some of our qualities as a team, but I’m not ready to discuss with you.”
And Mills has claimed while the Portuguese does have a point, ht cannot solely blame his players.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s also come out in recent weeks and said ‘Same coach. Different players.’
“Well, yes, two facets to that. The coach has to adapt from time to time. That is why Sir Alex Ferguson was one of, if not the best. Yes, he was rigid in what he did but equally, he was flexible and he was able to adapt to different situations. Obviously, over that length of time, you have to adapt.
“I think there’s part of it where Mourinho needs to adapt but equally he’s got a very good point in ‘Look, I simply don’t have the players. The players I have are not the same as I had before.’
“It’s hard to disagree with that side of it.”
Spurs would be just four points behind league leaders Manchester City if they had not dropped any points from winning positions.
Their draw with Everton left them in seventh with six games left to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.