Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League form is a major cause for concern.
After 13 games of the 2020/21 season, Spurs were riding high at the top of the table alongside reigning champions Liverpool and there were whispers of Jose Mourinho’ s side being surprise title challengers.
However, following Sunday’s 2-1 loss at the hands of London rivals West Ham United they find themselves in ninth place and are nine points off the final Champions League spot.
Since beating Arsenal in the North London derby at the beginning of December, Mourinho’s side have won just three times in the league, losing seven – including four of their last five.
But who is to blame for Spurs’ alarming slide down the table.
Well, judging by comments made by Mourinho last month in regards to what happens in the Premier League, he is assuming full responsibility for the poor run of form.
Ahead of the FA Cup third-round win over non-league outfit Marine, Mourinho explained his strong team selection by making an interesting statement.
“I told my players that when we lose matches in the Premier League, it’s my fault, but if we lose this match today, it’s not my fault, it’s their fault,” he said in an interview with the BBC.
“That’s the way I found to put a little bit of pressure on them. I believe it’s not gonna be easy, it’s small, it’s windy, it’s cold, of course they are gonna compete with everything they have.
“But we have to do our job and our job is to win the match. The players don’t have to show me anything, they just have to show me how much they love football and if you love football a lot, you enjoy playing here.”
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The admission in regards to who is at fault for Spurs’ Premier League losses effectively means Mourinho has already revealed who is to blame for recent results.
Although, when speaking after the Hammers defeat, the Tottenham boss said he is unable to solve some of the ‘problems’ in the squad.
“I think for a long, long time, we have problems in the team that I cannot resolve by myself as a coach,” he admitted to the BBC.
Next up for the Lilywhites is a Europa League round of 32 second leg tie against Wolfsberger AC on Wednesday as they look to pick up from last week’s 4-1 win.