Micah Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport that Leeds are the ‘only team’ he has seen defend really well against Manchester City after being asked whether Tottenham should go ‘all-out attack’ in the League Cup final.
Over the weekend, Leeds recorded a memorable 2-1 win at the soon-to-be champions, a result and performance that Tottenham are dreaming of ahead of their League Cup final trip later on this month.
Whilst Leeds were celebrating victory against one Manchester club, Spurs were losing to the red half on home soil, despite taking a first-half lead.
Richards thinks because of Tottenham’s ‘ridiculous’ defending, they should just go after teams, as his former teammate, Nedum Onuoha, asked him how they should approach that Wembley showdown.
“Spurs are better off just going all-out attack and trying to outscore the other team,” said Richards. “Every time they drop deep, they don’t have the players to withstand that pressure from the other team.
“Seeing it live at the game. I saw it more so. It was ridiculous, to be honest.”
Onuoha then questioned: “Say later this month, when they play Manchester City in the League Cup final, would you say their best chance is just to try and go out and score more goals than City?”.
Richards responded: “The only team that I have seen defend really good against Manchester City is Leeds with ten men.
“It’s almost like they wear people down. If you have a look at the teams that have had a result against City, they have had a bit of a go.
“Man City play so high, so comfortable on the ball and although they have sorted out their defence, they do leave gaps.”
As the games tick by, and as Spurs lose more Premier League games, more weight is put on that League Cup final.
If Mourinho secured the trophy then he would have surpassed anything Mauricio Pochettino achieved at the club, because whilst he did play the pretty stuff, the North London trophy cabinet wasn’t even added to once.
But if he loses it and Spurs miss out of the top four then he might be shown the exit door, which just shows the brutal nature of today’s game.