Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was given a verbal roasting for his pessimistic tactics in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea by one of his predecessors in his job – Tim Sherwood.
Spurs went into the Stamford Bridge clash missing their two biggest goal threats in Harry Kane and Heung-Min son through injury.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso sealed a 2-1 win for Chelsea, as Antonio Rudiger's own goal proved to be no more than a consolation.
But Sherwood cannot understand why the away side effectively refused to make any attempt to take the game to Chelsea and seemed content to play for a draw.
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Mourinho's side were outshot by 17 shots to five, despite actually having slightly more possession than their hosts.
Sherwood, who won exactly half of his 28 games in charge at White Hart Lane, did not hold back in his assessment of his former club, labelling their approach as 'disgusting'.
"Tottenham were absolutely disgusting," Sherwood told Premier League Productions.
"They were so bad. The negative approach. Yes they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that.
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"But they’ve got Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace.
"They both got 15 goals last season which is not the end of the world. You have to find a different way. As a coach sometimes you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in.
"If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off.
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"It’s not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent."
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard claims that Tottenham's Ryan Sessegnon missed out against the Blues because of a hamstring injury that cropped up in the dressing room.
Spurs face Burnley this coming weekend before they attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit against RB Leipzig in their Champions League round of 16 clash.
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