Don't call us 'Spursy' - Mouri...


Don't call us 'Spursy' - Mourinho defends West Ham capitulation

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has launched a defence of his side after their 3-3 Premier League draw with West Ham at the weekend. 

They were 3-0 up inside 16-minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, only to concede three-goals in 12-minutes at the end of the game.

After the game, the term 'Spursy' began to be tossed about online, a reference to the club's supposed fragility.

Speaking ahead of their Europa League opener with LASK, Mourinho was asked if he was aware of the phrase.

"The nomination is not important for me. The past is not important for me," he replied.

"The future is of course important for me. What can I say, we are a team in evolution. I believe that nobody played better than us with the ball, which is a big evolution from last season.

"We are a very exciting team to watch I believe, and that is very important and that is the DNA we want to have. Is that enough to win football matches? No.

"You have the proof, that we only have eight points when we played so amazing in every match apart from the Everton match.

"But Southampton, Newcastle, Manchester United, West Ham, we played amazing football and this is very difficult to do but we are doing it. Of course we need to play for a result and we have to learn how to do it."

Asked if it was an issue with mentality, Mourinho said, "To be honest what happened is a little bit out of context from what happened the rest of the season. Against Southampton we were losing and we were strong enough to change the result.

"At Manchester United the worst thing happened, which was after one minute we were losing and we were strong enough to change that result.

"Against Newcastle, we were solid, we weren't playing amazing, we were solid, and then what happened is one of the beauties of the VAR this season. So this game was completely out of context.

"I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80 we could play 50 more matches and it's not going to happen again. So I don't want to be sticking on this and stories about Spursy, or this kind of thing.

"We have to just defend better at set pieces, because even defensively the team is playing very well. We conceded one single goal from open play against Southampton, one.

"Apart from that penalties, lateral free-kicks, VAR goals, and we are quite solid."

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