Jose Mourinho unwilling to discuss Tottenham’s habit of losing from winning positions
Speaking ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Everton (h/t Sky Sports), manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is aware of the reason why his team ends up losing from strong positions so often. But he refused to divulge any details on the matter.
Spurs, this season, have made it a habit of coming up short despite being in strong positions in matches. We saw such a scenario play out in both our last games against Newcastle and Manchester United.
Having taken a 2-1 lead against the Magpies, Tottenham allowed the Magpies to score a late equaliser. Against Man United, Son Heung-min had put us in front in the first half but the team was beaten 3-1 at home.
So far this term in the Premier League, Tottenham have lost 18 points from winning positions – only Brighton & Hove Albion (20) have lost more. When asked about this worrying trend, Mourinho claimed that he was very much aware of the problem.
“I know why it happened. I know also that you can look at it from a different perspective. A team that starts matches well, starts winning matches, means something positive that you like to forget. The positive aspect of that, but I agree with you in the sense that when you are in winning positions and lose points, there are also negative things to it.”
When pushed for the reason for this, he wasn’t willing to discuss it in detail and would go on to add that he might never be willing to open up on the subject.
“That’s what I’m not ready to discuss with you. I think it has to do with some of our qualities as a team, but I’m not ready to discuss with you.”
Epic bid by Jose Mourinho's Tottenham (2020-21) to drop more points from winning positions than Jose Mourinho's Chelsea (2004-05) dropped in total. Currently 18-19.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) April 11, 2021
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During his past jobs, Mourinho’s bizarre interviews have often been the signs of things not going well, which eventually ends in one way. Hopefully, that is not the case here and he is able to spark a turnaround of fortunes to lead us to a top-four finish.