Mourinho on how he intends to fix defence and whether he will rest stars against Bayern

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Tottenham Hotspur come up against Burnley tomorrow looking to change a number of things in their performances after the woeful showing at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Spurs lacked hunger, desire, and quality on the ball against Manchester United, falling to a 2-1 defeat, the first loss of the Mourinho regime.

Tottenham have actually now conceded exactly two goals in every single one of their four games under the new manager, highlighting a very real defensive problem.

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he intends to fix that with work on the pitch, with more analysis, meetings, and talk, rather that actual work.

He has also revealed that he intends to rest players for the upcoming Champions League match against Bayern Munich in Germany.

This comes as Spurs have already guaranteed second place in the group and Bayern cannot be caught in the top spot, making it a nothing game.

The new manager will want to get things sorted before the Chelsea match, as he won’t want to lose to two old sides in the space of as many weeks.

Mourinho said (Football London): “Yeah, but we have to sort out the defence without losing what we have in attack. We conceded two in each game but we scored in all of them and could have scored even more than we did.

“But you are right. We are conceding too much, and conceding some cheap goals and we have to try to stop it. The best way to do that is to work and we haven’t had time to work.

“After the United game, yesterday was a day of complete recovery and today was the second recovery day, the day before the next game. So the conditions to work on the pitch are not the best. So less work, more analysis, more meetings, more talk.

“I’m not a meeting coach. I am a pitch coach, that’s where I really like to coach, on the pitch, and that is where you can accelerate the process. So let’s wait a little bit until next week where we have of course the Bayern match, a match where I’m going to rest some players. So I will work with the players who are not going to be involved and let’s wait also for the week before the Chelsea game.

“It’s on the pitch where we can really improve things. But to analyse, to comment, to coach in the meeting room helps. So hopefully we get some positive things after some negative things we have had.”

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