Jose Mourinho has suggested Tottenham’s inability to kill off games is a bigger concern than the team’s propensity to concede late goals.
Spurs dropped more costly points in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves and are now without a win in their their last four Premier League games.
Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring after just one minute at Molyneux with a long-distance strike but the visitors failed to build on their advantage and were under pressure for most of the game.
Wolves eventually equalised from a set piece with five minutes remaining, and just like at Crystal Palace earlier this month, it was too late for Tottenham to mount a late revival.
In his press conference after the game, Mourinho was asked whether he is concerned about the fact Spurs have now conceded goals in the final 10 minutes of five separate matches this season.
But Mourinho revealed he thinks the team’s lack of killer instinct is a bigger problem.
Via Football London, he said: “Of course it is a concern [to concede late goals], but I repeat it’s more a concern the fact we score early goals and we don’t kill matches. Of course in Liverpool was about the post not wanting us to win the match and it’s not expected to go to Liverpool to have five, six or seven chances and score one, two, three or four goals. In this match, against Palace for example, are matches were by scoring an early goal you must have a go and it’s simple as that.
“Even defending very well, which we do as a team, that is not enough. It could be enough as if we defend that last quarter we win 1-0 and maybe now you are asking me different questions. But my feeling would be exactly the same, scoring in the first minute we had 89 minutes to score more goals and we didn’t.”
While it was frustrating to watch Tottenham concede yet another late goal, it was exasperating to see the team attempt to cling on to a narrow lead for 89 minutes once again.
Mourinho is right to highlight a lack of attacking consistency, but surely he should be working on ways to kill off games earlier in training sessions.