Following his side’s 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League last night, Jose Mourinho spoke to the media about Tottenham’s need to grow up in order to achieve success.
This came after an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United last week in which the newly-promoted side outfought Spurs in all areas of the pitch.
While the Lilywhites grew a lot as a team under Mauricio Pochettino, the squad is still yet to taste victory in terms of silverware.
Mourinho has now revealed that he does not want to see a lack of communication, a lack of demanding more from each other, or a lack of critical sense from his Spurs squad.
Hugo Lloris and Heung-min Son made the headlines last night as they came to blows on the pitch at half-time following the latter’s refusal to track back in a late Everton attack.
While Mourinho admitted that this kind of thing should happen in the dressing room, he claimed that there were fights in all of his career winning teams.
He said (Football London): “Look what happened at half-time is a good image of that. A team of good boys, a team of nice boys. The only thing they can win at the end of the season is the Fair Play Cup, which is something I never won and I’m not interested in winning that.
“You need to have a certain character and you need to grow up in your mentality, in your responsibility, in your consistency because it’s very, very important to be consistent. To have a good game, to win a match, lose another one, draw another one, that is the kind of mentality that doesn’t take you further in your ambitions.
“It’s not a specific concept, it’s a concept that covers many, many areas and I think it’s very important. I don’t like a team without communication, I don’t like a team without demanding from each other, I don’t like a team without a critical sense. What happened today at half-time shouldn’t happen there, it should happen just inside the dressing room. I can promise my teams, my winning teams, we had big fights in the team.”
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