Rio Ferdinand says he ‘feels sorry’ for Jose Mourinho following Tottenham’s defeat to Everton in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.
The thrilling fifth-round tie at Goodison Park ended 4-4 after 90 minutes with Bernard scoring the winner for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the first half of extra time.
Mourinho still has the chance to win silverware with Spurs this season as they will play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, while their Europa League knockout phase begins next week against Austrian side Wolfsberg.
But Spurs’ Premier League form has dipped in recent weeks with three defeats in their last four games, and Ferdinand has blamed Mourinho’s players for ‘consistently’ making individual mistakes.
‘I have to say I actually feel sorry for him [Mourinho] in some ways,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.
‘Because in recent weeks he’s changed quite a few times in the way they’ve approached games. The West Brom game was a bit different when Harry Kane wasn’t playing, and now tonight was open and expansive.
‘But each and every one of those times recently they’ve been undone by individual moments, individual errors.
‘As a manager, you can prepare all you like all week for each game but these individual errors are killing him.
‘In that sense I feel sorry for him because sometimes it just derails his whole plan that he’s worked on all week.
‘I think it’s a quality thing [issue], yeah. I think there’s too many players consistently making mistakes and it’s leaving them open and they’re having to chase games some of the time.
‘Until they get that right and eradicate those types of mistakes they can never really consider themselves a team that’s going to challenge consistently because mistakes lead to goals, which then means you chase and leaves you open, it’s problems consistently.’
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Author: Metro Sport Reporter