Sport Jenas: Mourinho can turn Tottenham form around despite Chelsea loss
Mourinho admits he's 'sad' Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea
Frank Lampard was dismissed following Chelsea's torrid run of five losses in eight league games, becoming the 10th manager to be sacked during the Roman Abramovich era.The Blues legend was dismissed on Monday morning after just over 18 months in the role following the club's torrid run of five losses in eight league games, becoming the 10th manager to be sacked during the Roman Abramovich era in the process.
Jermaine Jenas believes Jose Mourinho is capable of turning around Tottenham's slump in form because he is yet to lose the dressing room.
The north London club fell to their third consecutive league defeat on Thursday night as city rivals Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to Jorginho's first-half penalty.
Questions are being asked over Mourinho's future with Spurs now eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand, but Jenas gave the Portuguese a vote of confidence despite the defeat by Chelsea.
Mourinho needs a trophy to justify Tottenham's style of play
IAN LADYMAN: A little over a year and a half since the Champions League final between these two times, the dissembling of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham team is complete.It was a fabulous goal – quite unstoppable – but also on reflection rather bitter sweet for those with Tottenham’s best interests at heart. For, setting up the way they do under the pragmatic and risk-averse Jose Mourino, it was pretty much the only way the home team were going to score a goal.
The former Spurs midfielder told BT Sport on Thursday night: 'I think he (Mourinho) can turn it around, it depends on how the players respond.
'Players run dressing rooms, players run football clubs in some points. At the minute we are a seeing a despondent team but I'm seeing enough of a reaction to know that Jose still has them. As long as he still has them, then he stays.
'I want to see a better brand of football but Spurs fans want to see a trophy.'
Spurs put in a dismal first-half display, having just two shots in the opening 45 minutes, one of them being on target.
Jose Mourinho: Tottenham are a team with sadness after Brighton loss
The Tottenham boss said his side were 'a team with sadness' after his side were beaten by relegation-threatened Brighton on Sunday evening. Spurs now have back-to-back defeats in the league.Leandro Trossard's first-half goal consigned a sluggish Spurs to a 1-0 defeat on the south coast as Mourinho's men missed the chance to put pressure on the top four after Leicester City and Manchester United dropped points this weekend.
Mourinho's men improved after the break and could have snatched an equaliser when late chances fell to Carlos Vinicius and Son Heung-min, and the Portuguese coach claimed he was pleased with the way his side ended the match.
Mourinho told BT: 'The feeling that I have is that the team stuck together, they fought together until the end. That is a positive thing we take.
'Tomorrow we have to train, Sunday we have to play. Ending the game with this is positive spirits helps.'
Jenas believes Mourinho is trying not to dampen the mood even further by praising his side, despite Tottenham's third poor performance in a row.
He claimed: 'He's looking at the team lacking in confidence and fragile and he needs to maintain confidence ahead of Sunday (when Spurs play West Brom). Sometimes you have to lie.
Jose Mourinho takes sly dig at Thomas Tuchel's time at PSG
EXCLUSIVE: The two managers will meet for the first time tonight as Tottenham host Chelsea, but Mourinho couldn't resist a sly dig at Tuchel's time at PSG and the level of football in Ligue 1.The two managers will meet for the first time this evening as Tottenham host Chelsea in the Premier League, with both sides level in the table on 33 points.
'The chances weren't there for Chelsea but they dominated the game and should have scored two or three more. But that's not Jose's job.
'His job is to drag his team off the floor. They're in a tough spot at the moment, he can't be doubling down on that because that's where we're going to do, that's what the fans will do on, how bad Tottenham have been.
'His job is to protect them and guide them back to what they were doing earlier in the season.'
Meanwhile, fellow BT Sport pundit Steve Sidwell believes the prospect of delivering a first trophy for Tottenham since 2008 is keeping Mourinho in a job right now.
Tottenham will contest the Carabao Cup final against holders Manchester City in April, while Spurs have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Sidwell said after the Chelsea defeat: 'All Spurs fans are fuming but there's a glimmer of hope there will be silverware.
'Anyone else, any other manager, they would want him out but because it's Jose there may be a trophy.'
Everton vs Tottenham talking points: Dele to feature in FA Cup clash .
Everton host Tottenham in an intriguing FA Cup fifth-round clash on Wednesday night. Dele Alli returns for Spurs, but it's Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin who will likely determine the result.The two sides come into the match almost neck-and-neck in the Premier League with Everton a point and a place above Tottenham, who are sat eighth - albeit having played one more game.