Paul Merson says: ‘Spurs are the worst team to watch in the Premier League’

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks Tottenham are the worst team to watch in the Premier League.

Having been prime of the Premier League in mid-December, Spurs have quickly fallen away. Since travelling to Anfield at the summit on December 16 they’ve misplaced 5 of their subsequent 9 video games, together with three in a row for the first time since 2012.

Following Thursday night’s 1-0 defeat at house to Chelsea, they are now eighth, seven factors behind fourth-placed Liverpool and 14 factors behind leaders Manchester City with the strain cranking up on Mourinho.

And in his newest Sky Sports column, the Magic Man questions Spurs’ fashion of play and whether or not Mourinho can flip issues round at the north London membership, whereas Merse additionally offers his verdict on Gareth Bale’s state of affairs.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win in opposition to Tottenham in the Premier League

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  • Analysis: Thomas Tuchel highlights Jose Mourinho’s flaws
  • Jose Mourinho: Others have to step up in Harry Kane’s absence
  • Jose’s cryptic reply on Bale: You do not deserve to know

‘Spurs play the worst soccer in the Premier League’

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Serge Aurier reacts after a missed likelihood throughout Spurs' house defeat to Chelsea

Some Tottenham followers will see this, whereas some would possibly assume I’m being harsh, however Tottenham are the worst team in the Premier League to watch, at the second.

Sheffield United are backside of the league and have solely received two matches, however they went to Manchester the different week and did not do what Tottenham did at house, and Sheffield United have gotten nowhere close to the expertise Spurs have gotten.

Fulham have not acquired the expertise however not less than they tried to have a go at Leicester.

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  • Jose’s cryptic reply on Bale: You do not deserve to know
  • Jorginho penalty sees off lacklustre Spurs

Thursday night’s recreation, the first half, for a Tottenham fan was embarrassing. It was embarrassing at the highest degree. I sat and watched, and I couldn’t imagine what I used to be watching. It is mind-blowing what Jose Mourinho have to be saying to these gamers.

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Jose Mourinho says Tottenham ‘deserved extra’ for his or her second-half efforts in opposition to Chelsea and instructed referee Andre Marriner he didn’t like his efficiency, regardless of him being ‘one in every of the finest’ officers in the Premier League

Poor Carlos Vinicius up entrance. He’s enjoying up entrance on his personal 20 yards away from each different participant.

They are enjoying in opposition to Chelsea and though Thomas Tuchel has turned issues round, it isn’t a free-flowing soccer team. It’s not a team that is going to rating six or seven objectives in opposition to you. Timo Werner is an effective participant, who hasn’t acquired going but.

Spurs are enjoying in opposition to a centre-forward in Werner who has acquired one purpose in opposition to Morecambe in his final 18 video games in all competitions they usually are nonetheless sitting 10-men behind the ball.

You’d have thought Spurs had been enjoying in opposition to Brazil or enjoying in the second leg of a European tie in opposition to the prime Barcelona aspect of previous. You’ve received the first leg 1-0 away from house and you have simply acquired to come again and ensure you get a 0-0.

Does Mourinho charge his gamers?

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Can Mourinho flip issues round at Spurs?

Does Mourinho assume his gamers are ok?

I might perceive it in the event that they had been enjoying in opposition to Manchester City as a result of they will rip you to shreds. It’s confirmed.

But not in opposition to this Chelsea team – and that is no disrespect to Chelsea – as a result of they are not precisely free-flowing. I watched them have 800 passes in opposition to Wolves they usually did not actually appear to be scoring. And once more, final night time, for all their dominance, they did not actually create clear-cut likelihood after clear-cut likelihood.

They had been fortunate there wasn’t 65,000 folks in that crowd. If there was, there would have been uproar. Booed off? They would have gotten slaughtered.

And the second half was higher as a result of they really chased after Chelsea for about quarter-hour, however after that they did not.

‘Injury issues are not an excuse’

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Harry Kane picked up an ankle damage throughout Spurs' defeat to Liverpool final week

Liverpool have gotten huge gamers lacking however they nonetheless have a go. They do not park the bus as a result of they have no centre-halves. They stick to the identical philosophy.

This is as unhealthy a soccer as you may see, at the second.

Even West Brom are going and having a go. Newcastle went to Everton and had a go. Of course, it was a from a base, however you possibly can’t simply sit 10 behind the ball and simply hope.

It’s simply hope soccer. Hope that they rating first after which they’ve one thing to play for.

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Kane watches on throughout Tottenham's recreation in opposition to Chelsea

There is one factor that may by no means change in soccer. The centre ahead is just pretty much as good as the those who are giving him the ball, and the those who are giving him the ball are solely pretty much as good as the centre ahead they are giving it to. That’s as a result of the centre ahead will make a nasty ball into a superb ball and rating, and vice-versa.

Spurs in opposition to Chelsea, I do not care if that is Sergio Aguero, in his absolute pomp, enjoying up entrance for Spurs, he is not having a shot. Okay, in the finish, Vinicius did have a fantastic likelihood at the finish, however he is most likely missed that as a result of he is freezing chilly. He was standing up entrance on his personal with nothing to do.

It’s laborious to be a forward-thinking participant in this team. What Kane and Heung-Min Son are doing is pulling up bushes. To do what they had been doing with the means Spurs are enjoying, it was unbelievable.

We’ve all seen groups play like this, in fact we’ve, however not with the high quality of squad Spurs have. I used to be so disenchanted in Spurs. I couldn’t imagine what I used to be watching.

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Heung-Min Son has regarded misplaced with out Kane, says Merson

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Can Jose flip issues round?

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Thomas Tuchel and Jose Mourinho earlier than the recreation between Tottenham and Chelsea

It’s laborious as a result of over the years this fashion has labored for Mourinho. He’s been nice, however I do not know whether or not he can flip it round.

“It’s laborious as a result of if you’ve received what he is received in the recreation, you ask your self why you need to have to change. That’s up to him and it is a laborious factor, however issues do change. We do not put on flares and turn-ups anymore.

They come again in for a time they usually return out. Time adjustments.

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Chelsea dominated Tottenham in their 1-0 Premier League win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

It’s alright saying you miss Harry Kane, however even when Kane performs it isn’t nice soccer. You are counting on two issues: Kane to get the ball and switch, and along with his nice imaginative and prescient cross the ball to Son. Now, Son seems to be fully and completely misplaced with out Kane. He’s questioning ‘who’s going to get me the ball?’ Who goes to put the ball by way of the eye of a needle?

If you are going to play the means they performed in opposition to Chelsea, you’ve got to play Harry Winks as a result of he retains maintain of the ball. If you are not going to have quite a lot of the ball, you’ve got acquired to play if you’ve acquired the ball, in any other case you find yourself giving it straight again and we begin yet again.

It was a stroll in the park for Chelsea for a giant London derby. It was Chelsea’s large recreation and it was a stroll in the park. It’s additionally Spurs’ second-biggest recreation after Arsenal, and it was so disappointing from them.

Analysis: Tuchel highlights Mourinho's flaws

While Jose Mourinho tries to downplay aspirations at Tottenham, the new coach at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed that there’s one other means of doing issues as he led his aspect to a deserved 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

‘Bale seems to be a shadow of his former self’

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Gareth Bale exhibits his frustration throughout Spurs' newest defeat

The Gareth Bale state of affairs will proceed to play out because it did on Thursday night.

Why have him as a sub if he isn’t approaching if you are 1-0 down? With Bale as a sub, there’s solely ever one cause he is approaching and that is in the event that they are shedding the recreation they usually want one thing to occur to get again into it. He is aware of he isn’t approaching in the event that they are 1-0 up and he is aware of he isn’t approaching if it is 0-0 and a good recreation as a result of that fits Mourinho.

So, once they are 1-0 down and he does not come on, what’s the level in having him as a sub? If he isn’t approaching if you are 1-0 down at house to Chelsea, he is by no means approaching in any recreation.

Of what I’ve seen so removed from him when he is acquired on the pitch, and I have never seen the coaching, but when I’m the supervisor and he knocks on my door, I do not know when I’d cease laughing. Honestly, I’d assume he is knocking on my door to ask the place the finest place is to park as a result of he cannot be knocking on the door to say he must be enjoying. He hasn’t achieved something to counsel that.

‘Zidane’s the one laughing now’

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Will Gareth Bale have a future at Real Madrid if he returns from Tottenham?

Why ought to he be enjoying? Because he is Gareth Bale?

When he got here again to Spurs, all of us questioned what Zinedine Zidane was enjoying at, however he is the one laughing at Real Madrid now. You assume again, it wasn’t way back now when Wales certified for the Euros and he is holding up a banner. ‘Wales, Golf, Real Madrid.’ What does that let you know?

Everybody has causes and that is why you’ve got to watch out with managers. They see gamers day in, day trip they usually see every part that is occurring. We solely see the bit at the finish, and we make our minds up on gamers and whether or not they need to be enjoying or not.

The managers see every part, and Zidane would have seen all of it with Bale. I do not know what his angle is like however when I’ve watched him play up to now, bar the Wycombe recreation in the FA Cup – and no disrespect to Wycombe, in case you are not standing out in opposition to them then you do not deserve to be on £500,000-a-year – it is simply not there.

He was a fantastic participant. I do not like utilizing nice loosely, however he was prime draw. He was an actual good participant, however he seems to be an absolute shadow of that now.

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