Jose Mourinho says he is satisfied with Tottenham’s counter attacking style and has taken a swipe at possession-football ‘philosophers’.
Tottenham remained top of the Premier League after beating Arsenal 2-0 in the north London derby on Sunday, with Mourinho’s side securing victory despite having just 30% of the possession against the Gunners.
Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane proved the difference once again as Spurs ruthlessly exposed the visitors on the counter attack, a signature performance from a Mourinho side as they absorbed pressure before hitting Arsenal on the break.
It was remarkably the 11th Premier League fixture a side managed by Mourinho has conceded more than 65% of the possession, though it has proven a successful tactic with nine of those clashes resulting in victories.
Mourinho’s pragmatic approach has received criticism but the Spurs manager is unconcerned by questions surrounding his managerial style, branding those who place emphasis on dominating possession as ‘philosophers’ and insisting it is how possession is used that is most crucial.
“Well, this ball possession story is more for sports philosophers than it’s for me,” he said, as per the Telegraph. “No one has ever seen me say: ‘I lost that game but I had more possession.’ You never saw me say anything like that.
“You may have heard me say: ‘We lost that game, we didn’t deserve to lose, we had more opportunities than the opponent.’ You can hear me say that. But you never heard me say in 20 years: ‘We lost that game and the opponent had more ball possession than we did.’
“What matters is what you do with the ball. Whatever you want to do with the ball. And with the ball we scored two fantastic goals today. And when we had it, we never lost it in conditions where the opponent could hurt us.”
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