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Mourinho insists Spurs won’t sit back and defend lead in Zagreb

Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham won’t sit back and defend their lead ahead of the club’s Europa League meeting with Dinamo Zagreb tomorrow.

Spurs travel to face the Croatian side in the second leg of their last-16 tie tomorrow evening, with the Premier League side in possession of a 2-0 advantage following the first meeting in north London.

Harry Kane scored twice to put Spurs within touching distance of the quarter-finals, though Mourinho remains wary of the threat posed by Zagreb ahead of the return fixture.

Mourinho insists his side will head into the clash looking for victory and has ruled out protecting the club’s current advantage, insisting the tie remains ‘very difficult and open’ as Spurs look to secure their passage to the last eight.

“I don’t think it is such a good lead,” said Mourinho at his pre-match press conference.

“It is very difficult and open. The way to approach the game is to think we still have a match to play to get a positive result.

“If we lose 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 we would qualify, but if we qualify with a defeat in this game I will not be happy.

“We don’t go there to defend the lead. We go to try and win.”

Spurs will be without Son Heung-Min who limped off during the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday with a hamstring injury, though Giovani Lo Celso could feature after returning to training this week following back and hamstring issues.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is also a confirmed absentee with the Denmark international serving a suspension.

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