Tottenham hero Tim Sherwood thinks Jose Mourinho is omitting Giovani Lo Celso on purpose because he ‘doesn’t want to play that way’. The midfielder has struggled for minutes so far this term. And Sherwood thinks that’s a deliberate ploy.
Lo Celso recently retuned to training and featured in the club’s 3-0 victory over LASK in midweek.
However, it’s been a difficult start to the new season for the 24-year-old – who had become a regular under Mourinho last term.
And Sherwood thinks Lo Celso is struggling to make the team because Mourinho doesn’t want him in his midfield due to his attacking style of play.
“Lo Celso, at the back end of last season, was the most improved midfielder Tottenham had,” Sherwood told Sky Sports. “And I really enjoyed watching him play.
“He cannot get a kick of the football, at the moment because Jose doesn’t want to play that way.
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“He’s relying on the front three to win him the game and the rest of the players behind have to be responsible and defensive.
“At the moment, it’s working.
“Jose Mourinho saying there in his interview, ‘we are playing the best football and it’s ‘free [flowing]’. No, it’s not the best football. But they still attack. They still have a threat.”
Tottenham have been scoring goals galore this term.
Yet Mourinho has insisted comparisons with his Real Madrid team of 2011/2012 are too premature, with Los Blancos scoring 121 times from 38 La Liga matches that year.
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“No, in Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way,” Mourinho said.
“I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid, confident – to [be able to] have a go. So we need to find that balance.
“It is a team thing, it’s not just about individuals.
“We need to be able to play with all these attacking players and have the team with everybody ready to be organised defensively and not to give space to the opponent. And behind, we need to improve in some details – that’s obvious.
“You look to our squad and incredible quality and numbers and options from midfield to attack and we are trying to find solutions and we are trying to be organised.
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“Thursday for example Ben Davies played, I think, for the first time as a centre-back in a back four because before it was in a back five.”
Mourinho also hailed Tottenham defenders Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon.
“Joe Rodon, we just love his potential, his mentality,” Mourinho said.
“He needs to work to get there. Matt Doherty has just arrived and he is also adapting.
“Reguilon, of course, is, especially going forward, an incredible player. He needs also to adapt to the defensive demands of the Premier League. It’s a process.”
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