Jose Mourinho had admitted that he is looking for a response from his players against Everton following their disappointing defeat against Sheffield United on Thursday.
Spurs’ performance at Bramall Lane left a lot to be desired as they struggled to create clear cut openings going forward, while also looking frail at the back.
Mourinho insisted after the game that the players needed to be mentally stronger to cope with decisions not going their way and cited their failure to get over VAR’s decision chalk off their equaliser as the main reason behind the defeat.
The Spurs boss has now said that he expects his players to approach the game against Everton with a different attitude.
He also spoke about the team’s recent struggles away from home and insisted that he believes in the quality of the squad.
When asked what he had done to help improve the players’ mentality after their defeat last Thursday, the 57-year-old told Football.London: “I like the players, I keep saying I like the players very, very much. I believe in the players.
“I cannot promise we are going to win on Monday because football is football but I can promise you that the players are going to have a different attitude, I want to believe that.
“For some reason, for so many months, a couple of years, the team is showing, especially away from home, lots of weaknesses at this level.
“I think there are reasons for that, but I like the guys, I believe in them, I keep saying they have great potential as players.
After the game it is normal that even trying to keep the emotional balance, it is always normal that the coach doesn’t control it 100 per cent and one opinion, one criticism comes out.
“I believe in the guys and I am waiting for an answer and I am waiting for the next matches, some away from home with similarities to the Sheffield game, I am hoping that the boys can show a different face.
“I think at home we also have our problems. I am not saying that, but especially away from home, we go to the records and we realise the results have been really, really bad.”
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Reading between the lines, it is clear that Jose was massively disappointed with the attitude of some of his players on Thursday. He would have certainly let them know what they did wrong.
I expect there to be minimal changes for the Everton clash and for the likes of Dier and Sanchez to get the opportunity to put the Sheffield United game behind them with a solid display this evening.
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