Spurs star calls upon his team-mates to start fouling opponents when needed

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Lucas Moura has urged his Tottenham Hotspur teammates to be more switched on in key moments in the game and commit tactical fouls if necessary when they are under the cosh.

Tottenham’s poor run of form continued on Sunday when Wolves turned them over 3-2 at home, leaving the side with a mountain to climb in the race for Champions League qualification.

Jose Mourinho’s men played on the front foot for the majority of the encounter and created more than enough chances to win the game but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were clinical on the counter-attack.

Moura claimed that it was the small details that made the difference on Sunday.

Footage has emerged of Tottenham’s awful defensive tracking of Pedro Neto during the match in which substitute Tanguy Ndombele appears to be reluctant to track back and dispossess the Wolves player.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil (as relayed by Sport Witness), the Spurs forward said: “We conceded some counterattacks and we were unable to stop the play when we were supposed to stop.

“And we ended up conceding the goal. I think small details made the difference in today’s game.”

The 27-year-old insisted that the team can still turn their form around and finish in the top four but admitted that Spurs have to improve defensively to have any chance.

When asked about the top four race, Moura said: “I think it’s pretty tangled. There are still a lot of games, we have all the conditions to reach the upper side, among the top four.

“I think it’s clear that we have to improve in terms of compacting the team more and conceding fewer goals. We’ve been conceding many goals, and many with our mistakes. It’s a fact that we have to improve on this issue.

“But I think the team are dedicating well. A little more attention, a little more switched on for the last ball, for the small details, to make a foul when necessary. I think we need a little bit of that.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I believe a lot of the criticism levelled at Jose and the team on the back of Sunday’s performance has been harsh. I felt we controlled the game throughout and created more than enough chances to win. We would have almost certainly picked up three points if we had a fit striker.

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