Mourinho hails Spurs reaction; explains why players thought he was ‘crazy’

Date published: Sunday 7th March 2021 9:41 - Samuel Bannister

Jose Mourinho praised the way his Tottenham players responded to conceding an equaliser against Crystal Palace before going on to seal a big win.

Mourinho seems to be getting Tottenham back on track after a shaky start to 2021. He has now overseen four consecutive wins for the first time since November.

Spurs are up to sixth in the table as a result. Those standings are subject to change given that West Ham could overtake them on Monday.

Even so, Tottenham did the job that was required of them against Crystal Palace – with Harry Kane and Gareth Bale inspiring a 4-1 win.

It wasn’t all straightforward, with Palace equalising on the stroke of half-time. But Mourinho thinks the way his side responded shows the confidence they have at the minute.

He told Sky Sports: “When you concede in the last minute of the first half, the tendency is to go into the dressing room with bad feelings and start the second half moaning about the goal.

“The way the team started the second half shows a little bit, the team is happier, is playing better, doesn’t feel that negative pressure. It was a good week for us.

“Next week we have a crucial match in the Europa League and derby against Arsenal. Nothing could be better for us than winning all nine points this week.”

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Spurs players thought Mourinho was ‘crazy’

Reflecting further on the timing of the goal they conceded, Mourinho shared an interesting anecdote from inside the dressing room.

He added: “I told them at half-time I was very happy with the goal we conceded. They think I was crazy.

“It was proof to the players if you lose control and start dropping, they have one, two three crosses and it’s difficult to keep a clean sheet.

“That 1-1 put us in a position where we had to go forward. Because of the feeling of the first half, it was about 2-1, 3-1, and not 2-1 and drop back.

“I think I passed the feeling to the players. They were relaxed and optimistic.”

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