‘It’s not an enjoyable watch but they know what they’re doing’: Jamie Redknapp hails Jose Mourinho’s ‘winning football’ at Tottenham after beating Arsenal to go top of the league and believes the team are playing like his first spell at Chelsea
- Jamie Redknapp said Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are similar to his old Chelsea side
- Redknapp said Spurs are ‘not an enjoyable watch’ but extremely effective
- The pundit said a lack of ‘free-flowing football’ was fine as the team is winning
- Tottenham are top of the league after their 2-0 win against bitter rivals Arsenal
‘They’ve got two special players, (Harry) Kane and (Heung-Min) Son, and that was the difference. (They are) so dangerous on the counter attack, so comfortable in their own skin,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports Super Sunday.
Jamie Redknapp said Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side are similar to his first Chelsea team
Tottenham earned a 2-0 victory over old rivals Arsenal with a resolute defensive performance
‘It’s not an enjoyable watch but they know what they’re doing. It reminds me of when Jose took over at Chelsea, he came in and made them believe what he was going to do was right.’
Redknapp singled out Son and his incredible partnership with Kane. Both players once again combined and assisted one another, with Son opening the scoring after a stunning long-range strike that bent round helpless Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
‘(Son) He’s the perfect supporting act, happy to play second fiddle to Kane,’ he said.
‘When I think back to good goals i scored outside the box, you just try and caress it, you don’t try and take the leather off it.
Redknapp said Mourinho’s first Chelsea side (pictured) won through believing in his tactics
Redknapp said Spurs are winning ugly thanks to star players Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son
‘It was an excellent finish and piece of play. Get the ball to those two and something will happen, that’s how dangerous those two are right now.’
To illustrate Spurs’ rigidly defensive approach to the game, Kane had more touches in his own half than Arsenal’s in the second half. Redknapp, though, said that did not matter as Tottenham are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League.
‘(Mourinho) He’s got Kane and Son buying into it, and not touching the ball,’ Redknapp said. ‘This isn’t free-flowing football. It matters when you don’t win and you get players who get unhappy, but right now you buy into it.
‘You can’t say it’s enjoyable for someone like (Giovani) Lo Celso, exquisite on the ball, but he hardly touched it today.’
Son opened the scoring against north London rivals Arsenal with a stunning long-range strike
Kane then finished off a counter attack with a thumping drive to help Spurs take three points
‘This team has a determination about them epitomised by (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg in midfield. The easiest way to coach a team is to set them up in this manner, but this is winning football, and at the moment they’re top, so you can’t say too much about it.’
Referring to Mourinho’s cheeky jab about Spurs being a ‘pony’ in the title race, Redknapp said results were showing otherwise and that as well as Kane and Son, Tottenham’s defensive midfielders deserved their plaudits too.
‘Keep going, you’re not the little horse anymore,’ he said.
I think (Moussa) Sissoko deserves a lot of credit, not the most talented footballer, but he’s filling holes. If you’re a centre-back, those two players in front are making the job very easy.’
Redknapp also said Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (centre) and Moussa Sissoko (right) deserve praise
For all the ugliness of Spurs’s tactic of sitting extremely deep and hitting teams on the counterattack, Mourinho’s team are two points clear at the top and also the league’s second-top goalscorers behind Chelsea.
Such form has fans dreaming of silverware finally returning to White Hart Lane, and Redknapp said this would be the true test of Mourinho’s methods.
‘This is a Spurs side who haven’t won anything, and the fans will buy in if they win something,’ he said.