Mourinho responds to question whether Spurs need to be more proactive than reactive

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Jose Mourinho admitted that his Spurs side started the game poorly today against Leicester City, with the Foxes winning 2-0 come the final whistle.

Brendan Rodgers’ men fought for every ball in the opening exchanges while Spurs seemed to shy away, unable to retain possession or create chances.

Jamie Vardy eventually put his side 1-0 up on the stroke of half time when Serge Aurier brought down Fofana in the box. The same man then forced a second goal for Leicester in the second 45 when his header deflected in off Toby Alderweireld.

One journalist asked Jose Mourinho in his post-match press conference whether Spurs need to be more proactive than reactive in future.

The Spurs head coach claimed that his players did not start well, but not because he told them not to be proactive.

Tottenham have now dropped eight points from the last available nine against Leicester, Liverpool, and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Mourinho said (Football London): “But the fact that we didn’t start well isn’t because I told the players not to start well.

“Don’t get me wrong, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t tell any player ‘don’t be proactive’ or ‘be reactive’.

“But I admit we did start bad, yeah, we did start bad.”

On making chances in the second half, he added: “Well, they didn’t trouble us too. They scored off Toby [Alderweireld] an own goal and I don’t remember anything else.

“I remember Schmeichel making a phenomenal save with Sonny on the far post and us being dominant and trying.

“I agree with you, we didn’t create 15 chances in the second half.

“But they’re a good team, they know how to defend, drop the lines back and they created difficulties with their defensive organisation.”

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  1. Why is it at that certain fans are incapable of seeing the genuine qualities and strengths of Aurier and never give credit for his solid and affective performances, but are content to criticise and lambast for his mistakes (when every player makes them match in match out)? I am sick to death of reading the largely undeserving malicious and hostile comments continually aimed at a player who deserves far better credit than he generally seems to receive from certain quarters. For me Aurier has been a far more affective and robust right wing back this season than his counterpart Doherty and the reason he’s generally been played more. It makes me wonder if the criticism being levelled comes from a more personal dislike or perhaps something even more sinister than that. Whatever the reason he’s a Tottenham player and a good one, you need show some respect, get off his back and get behind him and the good work he does for the team.

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