Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is adamant that the Portuguese director’s explanations regarding a lack of firepower don’t hold much weight.

Tottenham failed to demonstrate any”attacking intent” during their defeat at Chelsea, based on Tim Sherwood, who has criticised Jose Mourinho for his strategies at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho didn’t like a happy homecoming on Saturday afternoon, as his Spurs side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Frank Lampard’s Blues.

The loss marked the first time Mourinho has endured home and away defeats against the same side in one season, with Lampard getting one over on his former coach once more.

The Portuguese won three Premier League titles over the course of two different spells at Chelsea and has been tasked with providing silverware once more in his new environment at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs were 14th when Mourinho inherited the managerial reins from Mauricio Pochettino in November, but now find themselves only four points adrift of the end Champions League spot.

Regardless of the fact that outcomes have improved lately, Mourinho has played Tottenham’s probability of a top-four finish as a result of injuries to key duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, both of whom are not likely to return to full fitness this year.

Lucas Moura and January signing Steven Bergwijn are still available, together with teenage striker Troy Parrot and Dele Alli, but Spurs have adopted a more pragmatic approach in recent matches.

They were especially conservative in possession during the reduction in Chelsea, leaving Sherwood bemoaning Mourinho’s defeatist attitude.

“Tottenham were totally disgusting,” the ex-Spurs boss told Premier League Productions. “They were so poor. The negative approach.

“Yes, they have accidents to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us.

“But they have got Bergwijn there who will run in behind, they have got Moura who has a rate. If they have anything they have got pace.

“They got 15 goals last season, that’s not the end of the world. You need to locate a different way. As a trainer sometimes you can not say’oh we do not have a striker’ and throw the towel.

“If you said to Jose ahead:’Can you take a 0-0?’ He would have taken off your arms. It is not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all those fans, you want to reveal more of an attacking intent.”

Tottenham will be back in Premier League action at home to Wolves on Sunday, three days before they take within an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Norwich.