ESPN FC pundit Frank Leboeuf has been discussing Jose Mourinho following Tottenham Hotspur’s recent Premier League defeat at the hands of Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header was the difference between the two sides and Mourinho couldn’t hide his dissatisfaction post-match when he used the word “lazy” in describing his team’s performance.
Leboeuf, a World Cup winner, when discussing the Portuguese coach’s future, didn’t appear confident that the 57-year-old can turn things around at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Here is what he had to say:
“We see the body language of some players – Harry Kane, [Heung-min] Son, Dele Alli – those players were the characters of Spurs like two years ago and they lost their football, they lost their [will to be] the best and that is maybe because they don’t accept what Mourinho is proposing and that’s going to be the problem.
“If they lose the next game and the game after, that’s going to be it for Mourinho.”
Is Mourinho the right man to take Spurs forward?
It’s clear from his comments that the former France international believes the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss is on borrowed time in north London unless he turns things around quickly.
Spurs travel to Southampton at the weekend to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, who also lost their opening fixture of the season at Crystal Palace and therefore it could be argued that despite it being so early in the campaign, this is a significant game for both clubs.
Although we can’t be sure Mourinho would be unable to continue should he lose his next two fixtures, as predicted by Leboeuf, it would in our view increase the pressure on him dramatically.