Jose Mourinho on how his struggling defence can stop Adama Traore


Tottenham Hotspur have been leaking goals of late across all competitions, despite Jose Mourinho often being associated with a tightly-run ship at the back.

Since earning a fortunate clean sheet at home to Man City, Spurs have conceded two against Southampton, two against Aston Villa, one at home to Leipzig, and two against Chelsea.

This kind of form certainly raises a few questions as they come up against one of the most impressive forward lines in the league this weekend. With the likes of Jota, Jiminez, and Traore, Wolves are certainly difficult to keep out.

Traore, in particular, has been devastating this season on his day. His blistering pace has always been there to see, but this how now been paired up with a consistent end product.

The winger already has six goals and ten assists to his name across all competitions this season (TransferMarkt).

When asked how his side would stop the forward, Mourinho admitted that it would be tough (Football London): “He’s very difficult to stop. If you want to stop on a sprint with him, just forget it, you have no chance. You cannot think about him as an individual, you have to think about him as a whole.

“He is so, so fast and fast and powerful, that is very, very difficult to stop. He had a great evolution with Nuno in the past couple of seasons.

“My former assistant (Aitor) Karanka was his coach in Middlesbrough and at that time he told me immediately that, ‘I have this boy that when he understands the game better and he has time to technically improve, I have a guy who is going to be unstoppable’. Unstoppable is a hard word in football but he is a very good player.”

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  1. They could repeat the same tactics as Molineaux and takes turns to wack Adama out of the game until all the Spurs players have yellow cards


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