Mourinho mindful of Tottenham’s frailties

Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction

JOSE MOURINHO was delighted with his Tottenham Hotspur sides’ dramatic late Premier League victory at Aston Villa but was mindful his charges were wasteful in attack and defensively naive as they struggled to see off the relegation-threatened West Midlanders.

Defender, Toby Alderweireld, netted at both ends before a VAR assisted spot-kick was netted by Heung-Min Son at the second attempt to hand Spurs a half-time lead.

However, Villa levelled shortly after the break when Bjorn Engels rose the highest to head home a Jack Grealish corner.

But Engels afternoon was to turn sour deep into stoppage-time when his misjudgement allowed Son to race clear and net the winning goal with the games final action

“It was a performance with mistakes,” Mourinho admitted.

“A performance with a bad start, a bad collective start but a performance with a fantastic mentality, great personality, great desire to win and fantastic football.

“I think it is the match since I arrived when we created the most chances. We had so many chances to score. Not just the chance that arrives occasionally but the chances we really build and work for and beautiful football.

“I am obviously very, very pleased with the victory but I would now be complaining if the result was 2-2 after we missed so many chances, especially in the second half. Too much football just to score a goal in minute ninety-four.”

South Korean skipper, Son took his tally to six in five matches and Mourinho spoke of the importance of his match-winner, adding: “The problem with Son and Lucas is they have to play ninety minutes every game.

“That’s the problem and if they run out of fuel then we are in trouble but their quality as players is fantastic, their attitude towards the team is absolutely incredible and I am so, so pleased for them.

A team without Harry (Kane) is finding obviously difficulties, the difficulties are the nature of the Premier League, but in the middle of the difficulties, we are finding a different way to play football.

“We are finding a different way to create opportunities and to score enough goals to put ourselves in a position to fight for a good position in the table.”


Brian Jeeves

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