Mourinho satisfied with gritty Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City – Reaction

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR were made to work by bottom of the table Norwich City for their precious three points. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho continued to focus on the positive aspects as his side climbed to sixth in the Premier League.

Dele Alli gave Spurs a half-time advantage. However, Teemu Pukki levelled from the spot twenty-minutes from time as the Canaries threatened to extend Tottenham’s recent difficult sequence.

But Spurs were to snatch victory when Heung-Min Son nodded home from close range twelve minutes from time, much to the satisfaction of their Portuguese chief.

“I predicted the game would be difficult – I think the obvious is that it was a very important result for us, a very important three points at this moment,” Mourinho explained.

“In this league, apart from Leicester City and Liverpool, every other team is a very hard group. You win a game you go up, you lose a game you go down – It’s very difficult.

“You win two or three matches in a row – so very important for us these three points. I think when we are playing very well, we have or we should score more goals and kill matches because then when the opponent is in control they create problems for us. You risk losing matches.”

The Spurs boss continued: “But it was fantastic what happened after the 1-1 – which happens in a difficult moment for us, where I look to the bench and I don’t have attacking players to change the game the team is a little bit fatigued, especially Lucas, Son and of course Lamela.

“I took him off (Erik Lamela) because he was in trouble and he is a player who is coming from a very important and long injury, so very difficult.

“How can we change the game? With the family spirit, the family character and desire.

“That’s what they did after the goal – very intelligent team – hiding the ball, keeping control of the ball far from our goal so I thought important victory, good victory, deserved but a word to Norwich, the same I said to them, the way they play, they deserve a happy ending at the end of the season.”

Speaking about the return of French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, the Spurs chief said: “Mixed emotions for me.

“Great to see one of the world’s best back but it was a decision which hurt to leave Paulo (Gazzaniga) out.

“The good thing is that he’s such a good member of the family and a special friend of Hugo that he shared our happiness to have Hugo back.

“He gave me a lot to think about and I had to be cold without emotions.”


Brian Jeeves

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