Spurs and three lions striker, Harry Kane, has come out in defence of his boss Jose Mourinho saying he and his team-mates have been guilty of not killing games off.
Harry Kane praisedJose Mourinho’s tactics after Tottenham’s win at Sheffield United, revealing the former Chelsea boss has never instructed his players to sit back when in front.
Tottenham have been found wanting when it comes to preserving leads during the first half of the 2020-21 season.
The North London side have dropped points from winning positions against Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Fulham earning just a point in those five matches.
However, Spurs were able to move back into the top four with a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday, thanks to goals from Serge Aurier, Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.
Jose hd been criticized for Spurs’ dropping of point, saying he ordered his wards to park the bus whenever they take the lead.
“Fantastic performance from everyone today – started really well, aggressive with our press and were clinical to go 2-0 up. Even in the second half, when they scored, we didn’t panic,” the England international told BBC Match of the Day.
“Tanguy [Ndombele} scored a fantastic goal and we saw the game out well, which we haven’t done in the past few weeks.
“It’s never been the manager saying that (we should sit back) it’s been us on the pitch having a mentality where we want to drop and hold on to to the win. The most important thing is us as players to go and take responsibility, and we did that today.
“Tanguy’s goal was incredible, the technique he had to flick that ball back over the keeper was truly special.
“There were a couple of chances I could have done better with, the most important thing is winning games. Anyone who can put a good spell together (is in the title race), that’s why it has been disappointing and frustrating for us dropping points from winning positions.”
Aurier echoed his team-mate’s sentiments, telling BBC Sport: “We started very well with the pressing and scored a good goal. Tonight we did what the gaffer said and wanted, when we play like that everything is OK. We have to stay with this mentality.
“We will see in the next battle, but today we are happy. Before the game the gaffer wanted me in the first post, and I go, I asked to go and today he gave me the opportunity and I scored. But it’s not about me, it’s about the team and I am happy.
“Sometimes we missed the second goal after we score, but tonight we are happy and we have to keep this mentality if we want to stay near the top of the league.”