According to Mourinho, Tottenham has to be sensible from here on to create something new.
With injuries after injuries mounting up in the team, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham/s manager wants to open up the winning concept amongst the players. He believes there should be more of “statistically” thoughts rather than Philosophical”. Mourinho was appointed the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur after Mauricio Pochettino was fired.
Tottenham isn’t having a good time if the numbers are to be considered. With a 2-0 loss at home against Chelsea on December 22nd, the club has only one game win in five matches and is at 11th position of the Champions League.
The team looked like they were almost on track when they dominated Liverpool last Saturday but still failed to capitalize on it as a win in the absence of their striker Harry Kane, who has been ruled out until April due to a hamstring injury.
Apart from Kane, Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, and Tanguy Ndombele also missed the match, and hence Mourinho was convinced that the team now should have sensible and practical approach if they have to “building something”.
“It helps to [always] have the mentality to win the next match. It doesn’t matter which competition it is, how many injuries we have or what you’re trying to be,” he told the Evening Standard.
“To have imagination, to be creative, to try to build something that can make you believe you can win the match, just like we were convinced we could beat Liverpool, that’s the way you create a winning mentality.
“You go for every game and you try, even if you have to be more strategic than philosophical. Philosophical is when you follow a certain philosophy and everything is in place to follow it.
“But another thing is when you’re in trouble and you have to be pragmatic, creative and try to build something. That’s what we did against Liverpool.”
With the FA Cup third-round replay against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, Mourinho added, “You have to try to give the players that winning mentality even when you are in a difficult situation like we are. And that’s what we want to do. So [on Tuesday] we try again, we try to win again.
“I think by the reaction of the fans against Liverpool, they understood that the players did everything in that game and they didn’t get what they deserve. For a team that loses a match, it’s a very good feeling.”
Mourinho recollected how the team had 3-2 win against West Ham on November 23rd, which registered his first appearance at the club.
“You can talk about philosophy or you can talk about trying to achieve the maximum you can,” Mourinho said. “And you can try to do both at the same time which is what I tried to do since day one.
“I had two days of work and I think against West Ham we showed by glimpses — without that dynamic and autonomism — what we wanted to create. At this moment, it’s difficult. So let’s fight.”