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Mourinho: ‘We have to sort out our defence’

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says his side must improve defensively as they bid to recover from a difficult start to the season.

Mourinho would suffer his first loss in charge of Spurs at the hands of former side Manchester United in midweek, Marcus Rashford’s double condemning his side to defeat and bringing an end to their three-game winning run since his arrival as manager.

Despite their previously resurgent form, it was the fourth successive fixture that the club have conceded twice in a match and Mourinho insists his side must tighten up at the back if they are to avoid a season of disappointment.

“We have to sort out our defence. We have conceded two goals in every match. We are conceding cheap goals,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Burnley.

“We have to work on it but it is hard, as we had a recovery day yesterday and we play tomorrow. To analyse, to comment and to coach in a meeting room helps, so hopefully we’ll get some positive things after the negative things.

“It’s not the defence, it’s the defensive process. I’m not looking at individual players. There are 11 players on the pitch.”

Defeat at Old Trafford saw Tottenham drop to eighth in the Premier League, the club facing a difficult task to secure a top four finish having fallen nine points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the final Champions League position.

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