No Spurs star cares about ‘negative’ labels with Mourinho, who’s brutally honest

Toby Alderweireld insists nobody at Tottenham cares being labelled negative under Jose Mourinho.

In fact, the Belgium defender claims it is the complete reverse when they hear pundits and punters taking a swipe at their lethal counter-attacking tactics.

After all, with Spurs very much among the Premier League pacesetters before today's home showdown against Leicester, what's not to like about life with the Special One at the helm?

Certainly, Alderweireld loves being able to mix it among the very best again – and has nothing but praise for the way their straight-talking boss has transformed them from lightweight pretenders to heavyweight contenders.

And those who do not appreciate the significant progress made in Mourinho's first year can lump it, according to the ex-Atletico Madrid centre-half.

Alderweireld declared: “We know the way we work, we know what we’re doing every day. So, no, I really don’t care what people think on that matter. It doesn’t bother us.

“The manager is exactly what I thought he'd be. He’s a very honest person who says everything in your face. Even if it’s not nice, he will say it.

“That’s the way to go if you want to be a big team, if you want to get results. That’s the way he needs to be.

“We play in a very adult way, I would say. He doesn’t even get the recognition he deserves.

"I know he’s a very, very good manager.

“He’s one of the best, maybe the best, at getting results. That’s the most difficult thing in football – getting a result. You can play well. But everybody wants to win.

“He’s shown everywhere, in every competition, that he can and he did. You have to have a lot of respect for him.

“My personal view is he’s obsessed by football, he’s obsessed by winning. But not only winning, also how we want to play as a team.

“You can see it as a negative but I see that 100 percent as a positive. He makes us a team, to have a goal and do everything in our powers to reach that goal.”

Spurs have slipped off top spot after dropping five points in the last two games, including a 2-1 midweek defeat to champions Liverpool

That was their first reverse in 12 outings in all competitions but Mourinho later suggested Harry Kane and Co deserved all three points at Anfield.

Alderweireld was a little more diplomatic when asked who was the better side on the night.

“We have to know that Liverpool are very good team, playing very well. They put us under pressure,” he conceded.

“We had chances to finish the game, to be in front, to win. Especially in the second half. That’s football. Sometimes you have luck, sometimes you don’t.”

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