Jose Mourinho must not “give in” to the Tottenham players who have voiced their displeasure over the quality of his training sessions.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after The Athletic revealed that sections of the Spurs dressing room are growing dissatisfied with Mourinho’s methods.
The report claims that some players are unhappy with the training sessions under the Portuguese boss, saying they lack intensity and are too focused on defence.
Mourinho is under pressure as Spurs manager with the club down to 9th in the league having won just one of their last six Premier League matches.
But Phillips predicts that Mourihno is unlikely to change his approach just to suit the dissenting Spurs players.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Ultimately, from my experience of being in dressing rooms, once a player starts questioning your tactics, training sessions and style of play, it’s never a great sign.
“The only way you can sort that out as a manager is sometimes to listen to your players, try and adapt training a little bit.
“But you can’t give in to the players because you have your philosophy and ultimately that’s Mourinho. He’s done it wherever he’s been.
“We know he loves a clean sheet, he loves things to be tight. So he’s gonna train according to that.”
Tottenham beat Wolfsberger 4-0 on Wednesday to seal an 8-1 aggregate victory in the Europa League round-of-32.
Mourinho’s side will also face Manchester City in the final of the League Cup scheduled to be played 25 April.