‘They cannot say that’ – Mourinho claims his reputation for negative approach is unfair

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has insisted that the reputation he has for adopting a negative approach is unfair and that the way he sets his teams up depends on the players at his disposal.

The Spurs boss received plenty of criticism last season for the way he set the team up on occasions.

However, the difference between last campaign and this one has been quite considerable, with the Lilywhites now taking games by the scruff of the neck and scoring for fun.

When asked about the ‘defensive’ tag that his teams are often given, he told Sky Sports: “Depends on the team. They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team that scored 121 goals in the league.

“If they say that about the way to finish second with Manchester United or last season to try to get a way to finish top six and to be in the Europa League, I think they are right.”

However, the Spurs boss also admitted that the current Tottenham side is a long away from the Real Madrid side that he managed.

While he raved about the options he currently has at his disposal, he admitted that the team is still looking to find a balance between going forward and being solid at the back.

The Portuguese coach added: “In Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way.

“I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid, confident – to (be able to) have a go. So we need to find that balance.”

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