Mourinho hails “family spirit” following win
Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho was thrilled with the way his side performed in their 2-1 Premier League win over Norwich City this morning.
Spurs were far from their usual best for long periods of the match and looked to be heading for a frustrating draw with their resilient visitors when Teemu Pukki’s penalty cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener.
But Tottenham got their winning goal through Heung-Min Son’s close-range header in the 79th minute and closed the gap on the top four to six points.
Following his side’s crucial win, Mourinho said,”It’s a very important result for us. Apart from Leicester and Liverpool, every other team is in a very hard group; you win a game and you go up, you lose a game and you go down. It’s very difficult to win two, three matches in a row.
“When we are playing very well we should score more goals and kill matches because then when the opponent is in control they create problems and you risk to lose matches.
“But it was fantastic what happened after 1-1. I looked to the bench and I didn’t have attacking players to change the game, the team is under fatigue… how can we change the game? With the family spirit, family character, family desire, which is what they did.
He further added,”The team fight because the team want to do well. They know the situation isn’t easy. The team knows in this moment every point is a point that helps you in the table, every victory makes you close some gaps, every defeat makes you go away from your objectives.
“Every player that was here on the pitch, on the bench, the ones not selected… it’s really, really a very good group. It’s a pleasure to be with them, to work with them and try to help them in such a difficult season for them since the beginning of the season.
“Today is a good feeling. The 1-1 was a bit scary for everybody connected with us. We don’t want to lose points today but the reaction was very good and I saw players really tired going over their limits to try to give us the points. So, happy dressing room.”
Tottenham are currently sixth in the Premier League with 34 points.