Tottenham have an issue with negative football that will not die out just because Jose Mourinho has left the club.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Man City in the League Cup final.
Spurs finished the match with an xG of 0.4 compared to Man City’s 2.9, their lowest of the season by some distance (Wyscout).
Interim manager Ryan Mason also started flair players Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele on the bench.
Kenny was frustrated with Spurs’ nonexistent attacking intent and claimed that the culture of negative tactics at the club is unlikely to end any time soon.
“It could be a sign that it went deeper than Mourinho,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I think everyone was shocked when they saw that lineup. It’s a one-off match. You’ve got to score goals to win games.
“I’m so surprised that they didn’t go out and take the game to Man City.
“I get that Man City are a brilliant side and you might have to play a little bit different to how you do against anybody else.
“But to not have a proper good go in the League Cup final is disappointing. It’s a trophy, and who doesn’t want to win trophies?
“I’m sure every Tottenham fan will be disappointed when they see them line up like they did yesterday.”
Mourinho was dismissed by Spurs last Monday after a run of one win in six matches.