Tottenham labelled ‘pretenders’ after Carabao Cup final defeat as Jamie O’Hara blasts timing of Jose Mourinho sacking, and says Heung-min Son ‘bottled it’
Tottenham’s defeat Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City is as ‘Spursy’ as things could get, talkSPORT’s Jamie O’Hara has suggested.
Their wait for a major trophy goes on as they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at Wembley.
The final wasn’t as close as the scoreline would suggest though, with City squandering numerous chances to win by a bigger margin.
The manner of the defeat will disappoint Spurs fans the most and none more so than O’Hara who went on a stunning rant about his club LIVE on talkSPORT.
He said: “Two shots in a cup final, it’s pathetic, a pathetic performance. Man City were way better, we were miles off it.
“So many players talk a big game and don’t produce in big moments. It was shocking.
“Spurs have become pretenders. We think we’re a big club, we act like we’re a big club but we ain’t a big club. The problem is you’ve got too many players out there who think they’re great players but they’re not.
“We beat Brentford in the semi-finals, Brentford would’ve done better! They would have left everything out on the pitch, they would’ve pressed, they would’ve closed. They may have got beaten by three or four but at least they would’ve tried to score.
“It was such a bad performance from so many players who class themselves as good players. [Heung-min] Son, he gave the ball away every time he got it. He didn’t fancy going at Kyle Walker one v one… he absolutely bottled it.”
Spurs’ build-up to the final was turbulent to say the least. Not only were they part of the controversial European Super League plans, they sacked manager Jose Mourinho on Monday.
And O’Hara can’t believe Daniel Levy’s decision to sack Mourinho just days before a cup final against the best team in the land.
He added: “You can’t blame Ryan Mason because he’s only been there a week. Who sacks Jose Mourinho? He’s a man that wins titles and finals, only Spurs would do that…
“Only Spurs would sack a manager that can beat Pep Guardiola in a final a week before the final! It’s unheard of.
“It was a Jose Mourinho performance without Jose Mourinho on the side. I was hoping to see something different.”
And O’Hara doesn’t see a very bright future for Spurs, adding that no good manager in their right mind would want to take charge in the summer.
He said: “Who wants to take over this squad? The best player in Kane is going to leave in the summer, so you’ve got a basic squad who don’t produce in big games.
“Unless Daniel Levy’s going to beg someone like Julian Nagelsmann to come in or give him £150million…
“They’re gonna run a mile. Not even Nuno Espirito Santo or Brendan Rodgers would take over.
“The whole week has been a disgrace. The whole ESL thing and Spurs pretending they’re a big club and then sacking Jose Mourinho before the final that you brought him in to win.”