Jermaine Jenas has offered a damning assessment of Tottenham’s performance as they lost 1-0 to Everton, claiming they didn’t “seem to be that upset” by the result.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header gave an impressive Everton victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But it was a lacklustre performance from Spurs, and Jose Mourinho didn’t hold back after the game, calling out his players for being “lazy”.
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Jenas believes Mourinho has to take some of the blame for the defeat, but admits there was a lack of desire from the players.
“I was left as confused and disappointed as any Tottenham fan after Sunday’s defeat by Everton,” Jenas told BBC Sport.
“As good as Everton were – and they were very good, especially James Rodriguez – Spurs were extremely poor.
“If they keep playing like that, I don’t know what kind of season it is going to be – but it is not going to be an enjoyable one.
“Tottenham just looked like a lot of very frustrated players with no direction, which is odd. Whatever you think of the way Jose Mourinho’s teams play, they are usually well drilled in every detail.
“This time, their players did not look fit – the difference in sharpness to Everton was huge – but, more worryingly, they did not look like they had even worked together before, or knew what their roles were on or off the ball.
“Most of the time when I watch Spurs under Mourinho, I think: ‘OK, there are going to be moments in the game where things are not going well, but we are going to have a spell where we come back into this.’
“But that spell never came. I don’t know why, but the Spurs players did not even seem to be that upset about it either.
“Spurs lacked everything and even Mourinho’s substitutions were poor. Taking off Dele Alli at half-time didn’t make sense to me – at least he had looked like nicking a goal in the first half.
“I know what Spurs fans will do – they are going to be screaming for signings – but it is not the numbers they have brought through the door since reaching the Champions League final in June 2019 that is a problem, it is the calibre of those players.
“I actually think Matt Doherty is a great signing and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who also made his debut on Sunday, is going to work out in the long run too.
“But when you compare them to Everton’s new signings, Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, then you can see which direction the Toffees are going in, and it is completely the opposite one to Spurs.
“I know it was only the first game of the season, but the situation does already seem that stark.”