Tottenham's individual errors are 'killing' them, insists Ferdinand

Tottenham’s individual errors are ‘killing’ them and they will ‘never challenge consistently’, insists Rio Ferdinand in wake of 5-4 defeat by Everton… as BT Sport pundit insists he ‘feels sorry’ for Jose Mourinho

  • Tottenham’s 30-year-wait for an FA Cup will go on after defeat by Everton 
  • Jose Mourinho’s side scored four but committed a series of defensive errors  
  • Hugo Lloris’ attempt to save Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser was criticised 
  • Rio Ferdinand believes the mistakes show Spurs are not ready to challenge yet 

Rio Ferdinand believes individual mistakes are ‘killing’ Tottenham and mean they are not ready yet to consistently challenge for major honours.

Tottenham’s 30-year wait for an FA Cup will go on after their thrilling 5-4 defeat at Everton in the fifth round of the competition at Goodison Park.

But despite their attacking prowess and goals from Davinson Sanchez, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, Spurs’ display was blighted by individual errors, most notably from Hugo Lloris for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser to make it 1-1.

Rio Ferdinand admits he feels sorry for Jose Mourinho due to Tottenham’s individual errors

Tottenham’s wait for an FA Cup trophy will go on after they fell to a 5-4 defeat by Everton

The defeat – which was sealed when Bernard scored in extra time – means Spurs have won just one of their last five games across all competitions, with Sunday’s Premier League victory against West Brom their only recent success. 

And former defender Ferdinand insists he ‘feels sorry’ for Mourinho, who he claims regularly has to deal with his plans being derailed due to his side’s proclivity to commit individual mistakes. 

‘I actually feel sorry for him [Mourinho] in some ways, because in recent weeks he has changed quite a few times in the way they have approached games,’ Ferdinand said. 

‘West Brom was a bit different but it changed when Harry Kane wasn’t playing for example, and now tonight they were open and expansive.

Hugo Lloris (left) was blamed for one of the goals and Ferdinand (right) believes Spurs will not challenge unless individual errors are eradicated

‘But each and every one of those times recently they are being undone by individual moments and errors.

‘As a manager you can prepare all you like for each game, but these individual errors are killing you, so in that sense I feel sorry for him because sometimes it derails his whole plan that he has worked on all week.’

Asked whether the issue regarding individual mistakes was to do with the quality of players at Mourinho’s disposal, Ferdinand added: ‘It is a quality thing.

‘[There are] too many players consistently making mistakes, and it is leaving them open and making them have to chase games some of the time.

Bernard’s goal in extra time means Tottenham can now only win two trophies this season

‘Until they get that right and eradicate those type of mistakes, they can never really consider themselves a team that is really going to challenge consistently.

‘Mistakes lead to goals, which leave you chasing and leave you open and that causes problems consistently.’

Tottenham’s realistic hopes of silverware now lie with the Carabao Cup final, when they face Manchester City in late April, and with this season’s Europa League.

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