Tottenham have been warned that they risk bringing the Premier League down unless they start playing more positive football, after Jose Mourinho’s men drew 1-1 with Fulham on Wednesday night.
Spurs have now dropped ten points from their winning positions this season, with Harry Kane’s first-half goal canceled by Ivan Cavaleiro’s header after the break.
Mourinho blamed Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s “individual mistakes” and “impossible saves” for their disappointing result.
But former Spurs and Chelsea defender Cundy believes the manager’s negative tactics are returning to bite his former club, admitting he has NEVER seen the manager play more defensively.
Which means something …
“He’s playing with the handbrake right now – and more now than I’ve ever seen him at Chelsea or Manchester United,” said the Sports Bar host.
“I don’t think he trusts his defense. I don’t think he trusts them as a defensive unit, so you see the handbrake kick in.
The draw at home meant Tottenham missed the opportunity to climb back into the top three.
The North Londoners currently sit sixth in a very tight top of the table, but with just four points separating them from tenth, Cundy believes they risk slipping further down the table.
“It won’t take much for Spurs to come down a few places if they keep dropping stupid points,” he added.
“And it won’t take much for them to climb the table if they can get around those draws.
“But Palace, Wolves and now Fulham – that’s nine points they should have won. They took the lead in those games and decided tactically that was enough to win the game and hold on.
“You can see the way Jose sets up his team, the way he doesn’t trust his defense.
“He knows he doesn’t have the best defense in the world, he knows he doesn’t have the best players in the world, but he tactically put them in place to negate their weaknesses.
“But ultimately they’re not the best team in the world, and that’s how teams manage to find a way – Palace did it, Wolves did it and now Fulham has done it.
Cundy also questioned Spurs’ deal to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid this season, after the Welshman was left on the bench against Fulham.
Speaking earlier this week, the talkSPORT host called the matter odd given his lack of regular playing time.
And he doesn’t understand why Mourinho didn’t introduce the forward after Fulham equalized to get the three points.
Cundy said, “Gareth Bale’s signing….
“When you’re in a game like this, isn’t that what the ball came for?” Bring him in with ten minutes to go!
“Okay he didn’t start the game, okay I know he had injuries but come on, isn’t that the kind of game where you bring a Real Madrid player to switch?
“Again I think that tells you a little bit more about Gareth Bale at Spurs at the moment, there is something wrong.
“Why don’t you put it on?”