Jose Mourinho admitted that he was pleased with the attitude and intensity with which his players started the match against Ludogorets yesterday evening, on the back of a lacklustre first-half display against Royal Antwerp last week.

Tottenham fell to a surprise 1-0 loss in Belgium last Thursday and the Spurs boss was extremely critical of the team’s display, particular in the first 45 minutes.

The North Londoners did not start with the same urgency that they had shown in other games this season and allowed the Belgian side to take the lead.

Mourinho’s men then failed to get back into the game as Antwerp sat deep in the second half and played on the counter-attack.

In stark contrast, Spurs raced into an early 2-0 goal lead in Bulgaria and looked like scoring every time they came forward in the first half.

Although the home side did come back into the game early in the second half, the win never looked under threat for Tottenham.

When asked if he was happy with the attitude his players showed in the 3-1 win, Mourinho told Football.London: “We started the game with ambition, which was different to what we did in Antwerp. So good attitude to start. We tried to kill the game in the first half.

“It was not possible with 2-0 because 2-0 the result is still open, but it was a strong start and performance with two good goals and hitting the post.

“We completely dominated and I don’t remember one single situation for them of danger. That made a difference because in Antwerp we gave an advantage to the opponent and then when they were good they were winning. They closed everything the way they could and we couldn’t react.”

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