Jose Mourinho was suggesting the attacking players at his disposal are not good enough following Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat away at Chelsea on Saturday, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Spurs were beaten by their London rivals for the second time this season at Stamford Bridge, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso handing Frank Lampard a crucial set of three points.
Antonio Rudiger’s late own goal gave the visitors hope, but it was too little too late and they now trail the Blues by four points in the table.
After the defeat, Mourinho pointed to his lack of options upfront as a reason not to be too disheartened.
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And Ferdinand believes the Portuguese was firing a dig at Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.
“Spurs can’t seem to be underdogs in most games that they go into,” he said on BT Sport .
“When you take risks and you go forward you get a little bit of luck and you get an opportunity to get the luck in dangerous areas.
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“But because they played so negatively it’s so difficult.
“That interview says that the attacking players like Moura, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Lo Celso – is he saying that they’re not good enough? That he’s inherited players that ‘I need to have wholesale changes in the next window’.
“It’s about £125m-£150m of talent that he’s saying isn’t really good enough for me to go on the front foot and attack the game.”
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Despite slumping to a second defeat against former player Lampard, Mourinho insisted he was pleased with what he saw from his side at the Bridge.
“I think you are going to be very bored with me, because I think I'm going to be very repetitive,” he said.
“I’m going to say exactly the same words I told against Leipzig.
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“I’m very proud of the players, they gave absolutely everything. We don't have a striker.
“Our attacking players are not strikers and are in huge levels of fatigue, so very, very difficult for us.
“No tactical problems, [we were] completely in control of the space, punished by a couple of individual mistakes.
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“In the last part of the game when Chelsea was scared of the 2-1 we didn't have that presence, that power, we didn't have that to do more than what we did.
“To create chances you need a target man or fast people that can interchange positions, you need a different dynamic to the team. We don't have a striker and we have tired players, it's as simple as that.
“We did very, very well. If we score before our opponent, I think we have a chance because we are well organised. But when they score before us and drop back it's very, very difficult for us.”
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