José Mourinho hints at Tottenham style change if defensive slips continue

José Mourinho has challenged his Tottenham players to enhance their away form and has hinted that he could also be forced to vary his team’s sort of play if they are doing not stop conceding “ridiculous” goals.

Tottenham visit St Mary’s on New Year’s Day to face a Southampton side who have clawed their answer of the relegation zone with seven points from three matches over the Christmas period. Mourinho’s men, meanwhile, have lost to Chelsea and dropped unlikely points at Carrow Road during a 2-2 draw.

While Mourinho has corrected a run during which Spurs went from January to November without an away league win, he remains unconvinced by his team’s defensive performances and suggested his attacking players might be frustrated by failings elsewhere within the team.

“Four matches away, we won two, we drew one and that we lost one,” Mourinho said. “Is that better than before? Yes. Is it perfect? No. If we came to Norwich and that we cannot create and Norwich dominate us, we’ve to defend well, we resist, we draw 0-0, maybe you’ve got to admit a positive result. the matter is that the way we concede the goals and therefore the way we play.

“We attend United and therefore the goal may be a bad goal to concede. We react, we equalise, we attend half-time at 1-1, the last half starts, we concede a ridiculous goal, that’s the matter.

“We play so well, we create such a lot. within the beginning we were conceding many goals from corners but we stopped that. We conceded the opposite day against Brighton from a free-kick but … once I am small and you’re taller than me [by] 15cm there are things in football that are impossible. the sole solution is once you select players and make squads you decide on a majority of tall players to deal with the physicality of top football. daftar agen sbobet sekarang

“But we’ve to enhance. We concede too many goals and it’s very frustrating. If i used to be one among my attacking players i might be very frustrated that behind we aren’t ready to stop it.”

While Mourinho hints at a change in approach, he insists there’ll not be a change in defensive personnel. Spurs are linked with variety of players, including Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane and Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig, in recent days but publicly a minimum of Mourinho isn’t encouraging any rumours.

Asked if he wanted to feature to his back-line within the January window, the manager gave a perfunctory answer. “No,” he said and returned quickly to his current mantra. “In January we’ve a touch bit longer to figure and with work we are getting to attempt to improve.”