Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has claimed that the Gunners were outdone tactically in their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Even though Mikel Arteta’s side saw most of the ball, they were utterly frustrated by Spurs, who punished them with two counter-attacks as the dynamic duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min netted a goal apiece.
“It was tough, but Mourinho gave us a lesson in how to play a tactical game,” said Ljungberg as quoted by The Mirror.
“It was interesting, but it still hurts. I thought Spurs. I didn’t think they would be that far ahead or top of the league to be honest.
“But you look at Mourinho, he’s got them inspired, his players are all doing what he wants them to do which I think is the hardest thing when you play the kind of football he does. Hats off to him, they’re doing really, really well.”
There is hope that the Lilywhites can finally win the league this season. Historically, Jose Mourinho tends to peak in the second season with club’s that he manages. He has previously led the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Inter Milan to league titles in his second season with the respective clubs.
In his second season managing Manchester United, he also led the Red Devils to a second-place finish. To date, that remains their highest ever league finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The result sees Spurs lead the standings on goal difference ahead of Liverpool. Meanwhile, the Gunners are currently in 15th position. What is especially concerning for Arteta’s men is that they are closer to the relegation zone than they are to their local rivals.