Tottenham are a ‘laughing stock’ and Jose Mourinho would have delivered a much bigger challenge to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final if he was in charge, talkSPORT has been told.
Spurs were aiming to end a 13-year trophy drought at Wembley but Aymeric Laporte’s late header inflicted another final loss on the Lilywhites.
Tottenham once again fell short at the final hurdle and their long wait for a trophy continued[/caption]
In recent years they have lost the 2015 Carabao Cup final, which interim boss Ryan Mason played in, the 2019 Champions League final and also fell away in two Premier League title races.
The result has intensified the spotlight on chairman Daniel Levy and his decision to fire Mourinho just a week before the Wembley clash, replacing him with 29-year-old Mason as the youngest Premier League manager in history.
Former Premier League star and boyhood Spurs fan, Darren Ambrose – like many pundits – believes Mourinho’s dismissal is absolutely baffling, especially given his record in big matches.
And he insisted Tottenham would have put up a better fight had the Special One still been in the dugout.
“It seemed to me they played the Mourinho way – but Mourinho plays that way better,” said Ambrose on Darren Bent’s Boot Room on Sunday.
“We never really had a go. It’s hard to say that because Man City are a phenomenal football club and they were deserved winners.
“Tottenham never really laid a glove on them and it was hard as a Spurs fan to watch that.”
Ambrose added that Spurs have become even more of a laughing stock as their 13-year wait for a trophy was prolonged on Sunday – especially given the involvement in the failed European Super League proposals.
“It’s actually a little bit embarrassing,” he declared.
“I know everyone should be embarrassed with the European Super League but Spurs were the laughing stock out of them all.
“Today was the opportunity for Spurs to take some of that heat away and have a really good go. If they lose, they lose. We’re even more of a laughing stock now.
“We haven’t won a trophy for so long – how could they be in the Super League? It’s a little bit embarrassing.”
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Former England number one Paul Robinson also couldn’t hide his disappointment with Spurs’ display in Wembley showpiece.
“I’m just disappointed with the way they played really,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White. “They gave Man City too much respect in the first half.
“They sat so deep that they could have been in the back of Hugo Lloris’ net! I think the second half they addressed the situation but they didn’t look like a team that had beaten Man City to go top in the Premier League earlier in the season.
“You look at Mourinho’s record in cup finals and it speaks for himself but if Spurs would have won it would have been a totally different story.”