22 Mar Mourinho questions why it took horror week for Spurs to play so properly vs. Villa
Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho praised his team’s angle after a 2-Zero victory over Aston Villa on Sunday however questioned why it had taken two dreadful performances to galvanise them into motion.
Final Sunday’s feeble efficiency in a north-London derby defeat by Arsenal was adopted by a lamentable 3-Zero capitulation away to Dinamo Zagreb to crash out of the Europa League.
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However targets by Carlos Vinicius and Harry Kane earned a win at Villa that put Tottenham up into sixth spot within the Premier League, simply three factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
“Okay I’m actually pleased with [the response], however it’s unhappy we want such a foul defeat to have this sort of response,” Mourinho, who accused his team of not respecting their jobs after defeat by Dinamo, mentioned.
“This shouldn’t be a response, this must be a everlasting way of thinking, everlasting soul within the team, I feel that’s our subsequent problem — to have this normal when it comes to effort, dedication, sacrifice.
Mourinho, who mentioned he had “opened his coronary heart greater than in 20 years” after the midweek defeat made seven adjustments to the facet that began in Zagreb, bringing within the likes of younger Welsh centre-back Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga whereas Vinicius was given solely his second Premier League begin.
Tottenham survived a rocky spell within the first half however after Vinicius tapped within the opener within the 29th minute the guests grew in confidence with Kane including a second-half penalty.
“I felt the team wanted a special spirit, humble, trustworthy, easy folks like Japhet, Rodon, Vinicius, the 2 16-year-olds on the bench live the dream,” he mentioned.
“It’s a massive three factors, now the blokes disappear and are available again two or three days earlier than the following match and let’s pray and hope they arrive again in good situations.”
Kane mentioned the team had been “embarrassed” by the occasions in Zagreb and known as on them to now push for the highest 4.
“The final couple of video games we dropped under our requirements. It was good to get it again at the moment — everybody combating, placing their our bodies on the road,” he mentioned.
“That is what we have to do for the remainder of the season to provide the highest 4 a push.”
Villa supervisor Dean Smith mentioned his facet lacked high quality within the last third and hoped that Jack Grealish’s return after the worldwide break would spark his facet again into life.
“We won’t [just] anticipate Jack to return again. The gamers there, it is their alternative. Not too many have taken it,” he mentioned of Villa’s hunch since their captain bought injured.