Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been accused of being lucky by ex-England international Paul Merson.
Spurs scored twice without reply against Manchester City on Sunday as they moved up to fifth in the Premier League table, despite having only three shots to the opposition’s 19.
Merson believes that Mourinho’s team are a long way behind the level that the result suggests, urging fans not to get overexcited by the win over the reigning champions.
He told Sky Sports: “It was a big win, but it just papered over the cracks, they are a million miles behind - it could have been 6-0 or 7-0 on any other day.
“They rode their luck, but give them credit, they stuck to the game plan and hung in there and got their lucky breaks.
“And a great goal, as soon as the lad hits it, he is running away as he knows it is a goal.
“But you cannot sit there and say, 'Mourinho is doing great.' It was just an absolute run around in my opinion.
“He was brought in to get in the top four and that was a big result towards that though.”
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has now won nine of his 18 matches in the hotseat, and he was pleased his his team’s latest display.
“I am so pleased for the boys,” he said on Sunday.
“We were a bit lucky in a couple of situations, but the other perspective very, very unlucky the VAR did not decide for a Raheem Sterling red card.
“It was a clear red card and completely different game if we played for 75 minutes against 10 men.
“I see other situations where the decision is red. The red card of Son Heung-min against Chelsea.
“The boys were phenomenal. The save was fantastic, God’s will because it was not a penalty.”
Jermaine Jenas was also sceptical despite the three points staying in north London, stating that it was not the Mourinho ‘masterclass’ some have billed it as.
He told BBC Sport: “The statistics behind Tottenham's win on Sunday might suggest it was another Jose Mourinho masterclass. In reality it was more a story of Manchester City's missed chances.”
Before adding: “The reality was they were hugely fortunate not to be at least a couple of goals down before Oleksandr Zinchenko's red card gave them a way back into the game, and even then their first goal came out of absolutely nothing.”