Jose Mourinho not worried about the Tottenham Hotspur defence
According to The Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho is not overly worried about the Tottenham Hotspur defence. This is despite our late capitulation against West Ham United last weekend. Spurs looked to be heading to a well-earned win after Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane gave us a 3-0 lead.
The Hammers, to their credit, took their opportunities. Son admitted after the game that the players were devastated to throw away what was a comfortable lead.
Interestingly, Mourinho is not worried. He believes that the collapse at the weekend was a one-off rather than a trend to be worried about. He pointed to the nature of the goals conceded to illustrate his point.
“Defensively the team is much better than before. Can I say that in all this Premier League that we’re playing, five matches, we concede penalties or free-kicks and only one goal from open play – Danny Ings.”
Despite not having kept a clean sheet this season in the league, Spurs have conceded just once from open play. It is in a way a promising statistic that can be worked on in the weeks to come.
Mourinho’s teams are built on the pillars of defensive solidity are usually hard to break down. Spurs, however, have looked the polar opposite this season. Rather than be tight at the back, we have looked breachable. However, it is at the other end of the pitch that we have truly shone.
Son and Kane have built up a devastating partnership that looks to have evolved a notch. Gareth Bale too came on as a substitute and showed enough promise to suggest he will be a key player in the months to come.
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Tottenham are yet to hit their stride as a team this season. Spurs have the tools at their disposal to ensure they remain competitive against the best. The onus is now on Mourinho to ensure the team is tactically strong at both ends of the pitch.