Tottenham: Mourinho denies team are in crisis
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Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle doesn’t think Jose Mourinho should be sacked. The 58-year-old has overseen a tricky Premier League campaign so far. And Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham has merely added to the club’s woes.
Tottenham were poor against West Ham, with the north London giants slipping to yet another defeat.
Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard struck to give the Hammers all three points, with Lucas Moura scoring a consolation.
In the aftermath of that result, and beforehand, talk of Mourinho potentially getting sacked has started to grow in volume.
But Hoddle, speaking on his Footy podcast following the defeat, has expressed a belief the Portuguese should be given more time.
“No I don’t [think he should be sacked],” Hoddle said.
“There have been a lot of calls from fans, West Ham are flying at the moment – they have a good balance. They are a very, very solid side.
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“How can you sack someone who has got you to a cup final? It’s ridiculous.
“He has earned the right, with what he has done in his career, to be given more time. Average at times, but a couple of wins; the confidence comes back.”
Mourinho revealed the Tottenham dressing room were ‘sad and frustrated’ after the defeat against West Ham, which means they’re facing a huge fight to finish in the Premier League top four.
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“The result is there, they have the points and we have the sadness and the frustration,” he told the club’s official website.
“The good feeling is the way the team played, especially in the second half.
“No doubts the team wanted to win, no doubts the team was fighting together for a different result, and I believe we deserved a different result.
“West Ham didn’t play in the second half, they just fought and defended.
“We played, we created chances, we scored a goal, should score more, hit the post twice, had fantastic crosses across the face of goal waiting for a touch, even sometimes an own goal.
“We had great positions from the edge of the box, shots that normally you think that Sonny, Harry or Lucas are going to score, so, also not lucky.
“But we cannot forget that the score was 1-0 and somehow after a couple of minutes in the second half it was 2-0.”
Meanwhile, West Ham counterpart David Moyes was delighted after the game – and picked out Lingard for praise after the Manchester United star scored again.
“A great win for us. A tough opponent,” said the Scot.
“Things like possession we feel we can be better. Let’s not get carried away totally, we still have some things to do but simple things like hunger and the desire to succeed can cover other things as well.
“I think if we’d had a bit more care we could have got 2-0 up at one point but we didn’t quite do that.
“He [Soucek] is a manager’s dream. He is somebody who wants to play, really humble and enjoying being here.
“Jesse has been a very good player, we shouldn’t take that away. He has had a difficult year. He has given us something else and helped us get better.
“We have only done half a job. If we continue this way we will be close. I don’t want to be negative in any way.
“We are enjoying it but are also not going to be daft. We will keep calm and hopefully keep pushing the teams at the top.
“West Ham have always had bits where they’ve won some big games but what they want is consistency and I think we have consistency. This club badly needs a level where they are not around the bottom. This time last year you were asking me if we can avoid relegation so it is a great feeling that is gone.
“There is always a first for everything and Jose Mourinho has had great teams. He is up there with elite managers but sometimes football can get you results like it did today.”
On Lingard, he added: “Players want to play. They want to show what they can do.
“Jesse has done great for us and has contributed quickly. It wasn’t long ago Jesse was an England international so I knew if we could get that level of player, it would improve us.
“Today I don’t think we played as well as I’d have liked us to play which says a lot. You need a bit of luck along the way but we had all the right things. I want to get better at ball retention and possession but we have something to work with as we have a group of players that are determined to work to have success.
“I feel as if there is a half-job done. I think we can play much better and that’s what I’m saying. I don’t think we’ve hit top gear yet. The players have been finding ways to wrestle points off the opposition. They have done a brilliant job.”
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