Michail Antonio has claimed that Tottenham under Jose Mourinho are no longer the “free-flowing” force they once were.
Antonio’s West Ham travel across London on Tuesday to face Tottenham in their second game since the Premier League re-start. Spurs returned with a draw against Manchester United, and Antonio believes that match showed how their opponents have changed under Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino back in November, bringing an approach that is seen by many as more negative.
And West Ham midfielder Antonio thinks that came to the fore when Mourinho faced his former side last week.
Antonio told Sky Sports News of how Spurs have changed: “One thing I’ve noticed is that they’re not that free-flowing, attacking team that they used to be.
“They kind of sat back quite a bit and played more on the counter.”
Antonio is also not concerned by the prospect of facing Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. The pair had been injured before the break, but returned to the starting lineup when Spurs faced United on Friday.
However, Antonio insists West Ham would be wrong to just focus on those players.
“Harry Kane and Son [Heung-Min] are quality players,” he added. “I feel like every team has those quality players, so we can’t really concentrate on them being back.
“We’ve just got to be able to deal with it on the day.”