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Jose Mourinho knows why Tottenham keep dropping points but ‘may never’ reveal the reason


The north London club have thrown away 18 points from winning positions (Pictures: Getty)

Jose Mourinho claims to know exactly why his Tottenham side keep giving up leads and dropping points but may ‘never’ reveal the cause of his team’s continuous collapses.

The north London club sacrificed yet another lead in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, meaning they have now dropped 18 points from winning positions – second only to Brighton in the Premier League.

Mourinho has chopped and changed his defence in an effort to instil more solidity and resilience, but for the seventh time this season they forfeited a half-time lead as United fought back.

Goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood wiped out Spurs’ lead (Picture: Getty)

Spurs have been dropping points since the third game of the season, snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against Newcastle and then West Ham, but Mourinho is yet to solve the problem.

The self-anointed Special One does believe he knows the root of Spurs’ issues, linking it back to the ‘qualities’ of the team, but says he is not prepared to give a full explanation right now – and may never do.

‘I know why it happened and I know also that you can look at it from a different perspective,’ said Mourinho when asked about Spurs’ woeful record at holding on to leads.

‘A team that starts matches well, and a team that starts winning matches, means something positive.

‘It means something positive that you [the media] like to forget, the positive aspect of that.

‘But I agree with you in the sense of when you are in winning positions and you lose points from winning positions, there are also negative things side-to-side to it.’

Probed on why it keeps happening, Mourinho replied: ‘That’s what I’m not ready to discuss with you.

Mourinho was dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb after giving up a 2-0 first-leg lead (Picture: Getty)

‘I think it has to do with some of our qualities as a team, but I am not ready to discuss with you.’

Asked when he would be willing to discuss it, Mourinho responded: ‘Maybe never.’

Tottenham’s slim hopes of claiming a Champions League berth appeared to evaporate with Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United, having also dropped points against struggling Newcastle a week earlier, but they will look to bounce back against Everton on Friday night at Goodison Park.


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