Mourinho opens up on Tottenham’s defensive issues

Mourinho opens up on Tottenham’s defensive issues



Jose Mourinho isn’t concerned by Tottenham’s defensive issues despite conceding twice in each of his opening three matches since taking over.

Spurs have won all three of their matches in all competitions since the 56-year-old became Head Coach a fortnight ago, but have looked extremely vulnerable at the back, especially from set-pieces, conceding in each of the games.

Just like at West Ham the previous week, Tottenham found themselves in control against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, but conceded twice in the final 17 minutes and required an injury-time tackle from Jan Vertonghen to ensure they took maximum points.

The two goals against the Cherries mean that Spurs have let in the joint-most goals – with Arsenal (21) – in the Premier League this season and have kept the fewest clean sheets.

Despite their recent late collapses, Mourinho – who felt his side weren’t under threat – was still pleased with the defensive performance.

“In the last game, we were very, very fine and when they scored the first goal in a direct free-kick I think we were in complete control,” Mourinho told Football.London in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford.

“I think we had zero problems in the second half of the game. We were very tight, we were pressing very well, we were in control.

“So when that goal came I think in our best moment and Bournemouth’s worst moment a set-piece there is nothing you can do when the kid has that talent.”



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