West Ham 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho says top four looks difficult.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says his team has “problems that I cannot solve on my own,” but does not think Spurs are in crisis after the defeat against West Ham – their fifth loss in six league games.
The 2-1 victory leaves Tottenham Hotspur in ninth place, nine points behind the Hammers who are fourth.
Michael Antonio and Jesse Lingard scored for the home team and Lucas Moura added to their tally.
I would not say ‘crisis’,” Mr. Mourinho said when asked to fill out the Spurs form.
“I would say a bad, very bad result. It’s clear. We are losing too many matches.
The newspaper reported Sunday that Mourinho’s job could be in jeopardy if his team does not win at the London Stadium.
The two-time Champions League winner has been criticized by some Spurs fans for his negative approach to the games, but when asked if Tottenham’s decline was due to his management style, Mourinho replied, “No, not at all. My methods and those of my managerial staff are not inferior to anyone else in the world.
“I think we’ve had problems on the team for a long time that I can’t solve on my own as a coach.”
The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has suggested that a Europa League victory could be Tottenham’s most likely exit from the Champions League next season.
Mourinho is in an excellent position to reach the Round of 16 after Thursday’s 4-1 victory over Austrian representatives Wolfsberg in Budapest.
“In the European competition, we live,” he said. “This is an opportunity that is open to us. Maybe through the European competition we can also participate in the Champions League.”
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Alan Shearer, former Newcastle striker: “If you look at the money Mourinho has spent, it tells me they are no better than they were under Mauricio Pochettino. Defensively, I don’t see them being better. I think they need to improve significantly in that area. Look at the West Ham team and their coach David Moyes, he has made some of their players much better.
Alan Hutton, former Tottenham Hotspur defender: “The fact is they brought in a manager to try and win games and at the beginning of the season, when they beat Manchester City and Arsenal but played in defense, you thought, ‘Oh, we can handle that, as long as we win’. They have the talent to attack and try to win games.
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Dion Dublin, former Aston Villa and Coventry striker: “In my opinion a coach can improve players, a manager has to deal with individual personalities. That is his job. A manager has to deal with individual personalities in the dressing room to achieve harmony.
Nedum Onuoha, former Manchester City and QPR defender: “If Spurs finish where they are now, but win the League Cup, will Mourinho be their coach for next season?
“If you haven’t won a cup since 2008, that’s a long time for a club of this size,” he said. To do that this year, you have to beat Manchester City, who are probably the best team in Europe right now. Is that a reason to celebrate?
Clinton Morrison, former Crystal Palace striker: “They should be better with this team of players. If they finish ninth and win the cup, I think they will keep Mourinho for next season”. But it’s still a bad season for me. Considering the players they have, it is very disappointing.
“I think Tottenham should focus on the European competition. It’s a step towards the Champions League, because I don’t see them finishing in the top four this season. If you don’t play in the Champions League, you lose players like Kane and Sons.