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Mourinho blames Spurs habit of throwing away leads on ‘basic’ errors by his players

Jose Mourinho has blamed Tottenham’s habit of throwing away leads on ‘basic’ individual errors and says an inability to ‘kill matches’ has cost his side points this season.

Spurs missed an opportunity to close the gap on the division’s leading sides after being held to 1-1 draw by Fulham in midweek, Ivan Cavaleiro’s equaliser securing a point for the visitors after Harry Kane had opened the scoring.

The draw continued a worrying trend of dropping points from winning positions for Spurs this season, with only Brighton (12) and Sheffield United (11) having dropped more from such situations than the north London side (10).

Mourinho’s side currently sit sixth in the Premier League and are six points adrift of league leaders Manchester United ahead of this weekend’s clash with Sheffield United, and the Portuguese has bemoaned his side’s inability to ‘kill’ games and the ‘basic’ mistakes which have proven costly.

“We need to score the goals that we can and we need not to make mistakes that punish us,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.

“If you compare [Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse] Areola’s moments to Hugo [Lloris’] moments. Areola made a couple of impossible saves that could have killed the match. Also the post, then a defensive mistake and a goal.

“It looks complicated but it is really simple, a basic analysis of the game. I’m the first one that digs very deep to understand what my team has to improve.

“But going to the basics: you score goals you kill matches, you don’t score goals, if you don’t make mistakes you win. If you make defensive mistakes, you can be punished.”

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3 years ago

Yes of course it’s true to say that basic errors are costing Tottenham points, poor passing, loss of possession, poor decision making and sloppy defending have cost us on a number of occasions this season so far resulting in draws that could so easily have been wins. The simple truth is that wayTottenham are playing is the main error and the reason for their struggles. Until Mourinho came along this was never the Tottenham way, some might argue that he is toughening the squad up and making them harder to beat, but it seems to me that the arrangement is a tenuous one in which Spurs also struggle to win convincingly and on to many occasions they seem to go belly up. It also seems to me that the trade mark of all the title winning sides is a mentality that sets out to win from the 1st minute to the last minute of a game; Spurs seem to go one up and are then content to let the opposition come at them irrespective of who that seems to be and personally I think that is a ploy which is fated to cause more problems than is necessary. There is of course nothing wrong with a good solid defense, just don’t let them be overwhelmed with pressure and of course it seems to me that truly the best form of defense is to attack!

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