Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has claimed Jose Mourinho would not make much of a difference to the club’s Carabao Cup chances if he were still at the helm of Sunday’s final defeat to Manchester City.
Mourinho’s dismissal as manager of Tottenham caused shock waves, not because he was unexpectedly removed, but because he was fired just six days before Spurs’ Carabao Cup final against the leaders of the Premier League.
Ryan Mason took over from Mourinho and was in charge when Man City beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s goal in the second half.
But Redknapp insisted that Mourinho, Mason’s predecessor, would no longer win, despite being the only manager to beat Man City coach Pep Guardiola in a final.
“I think everyone would say, ‘Would Jose have a difference if he was here for this game?’, But it did not feel any different than when they played at the Etihad a few months ago,” Redknapp told Sky Sports said. .
“There was a rift in the class then, and I think it was about the same.”
“You have to be so careful because we all believe in a philosophy,” Redknapp added. ‘You want to play from behind, but if a team puts pressure on you and they succeed with it and they can not get out, there has to be a time, even if a player where you accept it is not working.
“Then you go to the halfway line, try to twist them and get off the sides, a bit like Chelsea did last week.”