Mourinho hits out at critics who label him as a defensive manager

‘With an attacking coach they will score ten, eleven, twelve’: Jose Mourinho hits out at critics who label him as a defensive manager after his side beat Manchester United 6-1 to follow on from 7-2 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa

  • Jose Mourinho has hit out at critics who say that he is a defensive manager 
  • Tottenham thrashed Manchester United 6-1 after beating Maccabi Haifa 7-2
  • Mourinho joked that Tottenham would have score more with an attacking coach 

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at critics who label him as a defensive manager.

Mourinho guided Tottenham to an emphatic 6-1 victory over his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with that win following on from the 7-2 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League.

Tottenham also won 5-2 against Southampton recently, and Mourinho joked that the north London club would have scored ‘ten, eleven and twelve’ goals in the aforementioned fixtures if they had an attacking manager in charge. 

Jose Mourinho joked about how prolific Tottenham would be if they had an ‘attacking manager’

Speaking to beIN Sports after the game, Mourinho said: ‘Imagine if they have an attacking coach. With a defensive coach, they scored five, seven, six. With an attacking coach they will score ten, eleven, twelve. 

‘The mentality is great. The players are playing very, very well. Everyone is giving everything. The squad is full of quality and talent.’ 

Tottenham fell behind early on against United, with Bruno Fernandes scoring a penalty, but they levelled through Tanguy Ndombele, with Son Heung-min proceeding to put the visitors in front.

The dismissal of Anthony Martial in the 28th minute helped Tottenham’s cause, with Son proceeding to score again, while Harry Kane also got a brace and Serge Aurier managed to get on the scoresheet.

Mourinho’s side won 6-1 v Manchester United after thrashing Maccabi Haifa 7-2 on Thursday

Mourinho, though, felt that Tottenham also competed very well when both sides had their full complement of players on the pitch. 

He said: ‘We were more convinced about our power and our qualities. and our gameplan that about Man United’s weaknesses, because I don’t think they have many.

‘We played very, very well. If people want to analyse just eleven against eleven then you can analyse and see how well we played and how much we dominated. We scored two goals, we were winning 2-1, but we could perfectly score more goals during that period. 

Mourinho stressed that Tottenham were impressive even before Anthony Martial was sent off

‘After that we played very, very well, we controlled the game much easier because one player less, but even with one player more you need to know how to play and the players were magnificent.’

Tottenham may feel slightly frustrated that the international break may disrupt their momentum a little, but there is much for Mourinho’s side to look forward to, not least the upcoming involvement of Gareth Bale.

When Bale is fit and firing, Tottenham could be even more prolific in front of goal. 

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