Dean Windass told The Betfred Football Show he’s “not having it” over Thomas Tuchel’s claim that Chelsea are tired.
The former Hull, Braford and Middlesbrough striker pulled no punches: “It’s an excuse when your team isn’t doing well.”
However, he is backing the Blues to stop the rot and win 3-1 in the all-London clash between Chelsea and Spurs in the Premier League this weekend.
The 52-year-old reckons it will be a great encounter, and compared the club’s iconic strikers Harry Kane – who has hit some form lately – and Romelu Lukaku – who Chelsea need to utilise more.
In his no-nonsense style, Windass shared his view that Premier League matches should only be called off if there are “four, five or maybe six” positive Covid tests, praising Leeds for carrying on regardless by adding young players to their squad.
Previewing the Manchester United-West Ham game at Old Trafford on Sunday, he was full of praise for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Hammers boss David Moyes.
Windass said he fully understands the Portuguese superstar’s anger at being substituted as United beat Brentford 3-1 on Wednesday.
“If you’re happy to be taken off, then you’re making your manager angry,” said the retired, much-travelled striker.
Predicting a 2-2 draw, Windass said that ex-United gaffer Moyes has been “pulling up trees” this season and is “probably manager of the year.”
In the other games, he reckons Wolves will beat Brentford 3-1 – the same scoreline that Leeds will triumph over Newcastle.
He thinks interim boss Duncan Ferguson will have an immediate impact at Everton, who he’s backing to beat Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa 2-1.
“He has such a respect with the players, and Goodison will be jumping,” he said.
On Sunday, Windass is going for Leicester to beat Brighton 2-1 – the same scoreline he reckons Liverpool will beat Crystal Palace by.
He thinks “unbelievable” Premier League leaders Manchester City will win 3-1 at Southampton, and that a lack of reinforcements following Burnley’s sale of Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle won’t help, and they will be beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.