Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham showed ‘togetherness’ in dismal derby defeat by rivals Chelsea as third straight loss sees Spurs slide down into eighth
- Tottenham suffered a third straight loss as they went down 1-0 to rivals Chelsea
- Jorginho’s first-half penalty was the difference between the sides on Thursday
- Jose Mourinho insists his side showed togetherness despite the derby defeat
- Spurs have slumped from top of the table in mid-December and now lie eighth
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he can see a spirit in his squad despite suffering a third successive Premier League loss after a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Spurs’ league season is imploding, having been top of the table in mid-December, and they went down to Jorginho’s first-half penalty in north London as Thomas Tuchel’s impressive start to life at Chelsea continued.
Since travelling to Anfield at the summit on December 16 they have lost five of their next nine games, including three in a row for the first time since 2012.
Jose Mourinho insists his Tottenham side still has spirit despite their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea
Jorginho’s (third left) penalty condemned Spurs to a third straight league defeat on Thursday
They are suffering with injuries, as attacking threats Harry Kane, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are ruled out, but Mourinho insists he is seeing a togetherness in his squad.
‘We’re trying to go on the search but I saw togetherness. It’s not easy to see togetherness with bad results, defeats, difficulties, injuries,’ he said.
‘Togetherness is very easy to show when you’re on a high and winning matches, when everything is amazing.
Mourinho (second right) says the togetherness shown is a positive they can take from the loss
‘But in difficult moments it’s more difficult to see that togetherness but I saw that in the second half. No doubts for me.’
Unsurprisingly the goals have dried up without Kane, who also is the chief provider and the football has been insipid in recent weeks.
Asked why the goals have dried up, Mourinho said: ‘Well, (Sergio) Reguilon means something for our attacking football. Harry Kane means something for our attacking football.
‘Gio Lo Celso again means something for our attacking football. A good Dele Alli that we didn’t have yet but hope that we can have in the future means something for us.
Spurs have a depleted squad to due key injuries to the likes of Harry Kane and Sergi Reguilon
‘It’s not just what they mean, they mean that we don’t have many options to rotate players and we finish with people with some signs of fatigue because of the accumulation of matches because we don’t have so many players to rest.
‘The second thing is confidence. The confidence levels are very, very important to play football.
‘When a team doesn’t have good results, a period when results are not good, you need that click back to go back to normality. So for me it’s a little bit like that.’
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