Paul Robinson has claimed Gareth Bale aimed a “huge dig” at Jose Mourinho after Tottenham beat Southampton on Wednesday night.
The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “the players were not happy” with the tactics and defending they were expected to do under the recently sacked manager.
Bale told Sky Sports that Tottenham are “a big team” that “want to attack” after their 2-1 win over the Saints.
The comments appeared to be a direct reference to Jose Mourinho’s style of play, in which they were often expected to sit in and protect a one-goal lead.
Robinson echoed Bale’s sentiment and urged Spurs to concentrate on what they are good at.
“It was a huge dig,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“The tactics, the defending they have had to do and the way Mourinho set that team up… It was clear that the players were not comfortable, they were not happy.
“Spurs are a very attacking team, their strength is certainly not at the back so why defend so deep at times?
“There has been problems at centre-half and right-back all season. Mourinho chopped and changed personnel and it was disruptive.
“Instead of concentrating on what they are good at, they tried to protect what they are good at. I think that was the wrong approach.”
When asked what needed to change post-Mourinho, Bale said: “Just to be on the front foot a bit more.
“We want to attack, we’re a big team, we have great players.”