Jose Mourinho says Tottenham must show their ‘killer instinct’ and stop giving their opponents ‘life’ in matches by making individual mistakes ahead of London derby at West Ham… who came from 3-0 down to draw at Spurs earlier in the season
- Jose Mourinho says Tottenham Hotspur must start showing their killer instinct
- The Spurs boss said his side allow rivals back into games too easily
- Individual errors gave Wolfsberger hope in their Europa League last 32 tie
- Spurs blew a 3-0 lead against West Ham earlier in the season to draw late on
- The London rivals face off in a pivotal Premier League match on Sunday
Jose Mourinho has urged his players to find their killer instinct and stop giving their opponents ‘life’ in matches.
Mourinho’s plea comes after another game, Spurs’s Europa League last 32 tie against Wolfsberger, in which individual errors from his side offered hope to the team they are facing.
And it is especially relevant ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham. Spurs collapsed from 3-0 up in the 81st minute and ended up drawing 3-3 in the dramatic first fixture between the pair in October.
Jose Mourinho says his Tottenham players must find their ‘killer instinct’ going forward
The Spurs boss said his side need to stop giving their opponents ‘life’ in matches
Mourinho also cited Spurs’s FA Cup exit at Everton as another example of a familiar frailty which has undermined them, when their 1-0 lead quickly turned into a 3-1 deficit and eventual 5-4 extra time defeat.
He said: ‘Football is a game of emotions and when an opponent is, I’m sorry to use the word, almost dead and then you give them life, emotions change.
‘And the opponent becomes a different team than it was.
‘You can teach how to play the transition when you are winning and the opponent is trying to recover and the ambition to go for a bigger result.
Tottenham threw away a 3-0 lead against West Ham earlier in the season and face their London rivals again on Sunday
‘What you cannot teach is to put the ball in the net. That is a fundamental part of the killer instinct and you can work the tactical combinations, the counter-attack combinations that keep the pressure high but in the end, you have to kill.’
Mourinho feels Spurs’s incredible draw with West Ham earlier in the campaign summed up their season and highlighted the issues he is trying to solve.
He said: ‘We played really, really well in that match but we didn’t win it and this is a little bit a reflection of many of our matches and some of our problems.
‘The team played so well but made mistakes and because we made mistakes we drew.’
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