Jose Mourinho has asked his Tottenham Hotspur squad to demonstrate the characteristics that have been lacking in the last two games as they travel to Aston Villa.
Spurs’ season has unraveled in the last seven days, starting with a north London derby loss to Arsenal, which greatly damaged their Premier League top-four chances, and ending with a disappointing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
Mourinho challenged his team’s mentality after both losses and needs to see the “basics of every task” as they seek an answer against Villa.
When asked what he expected from his team against Villa, he replied, “That’s the same question I asked after the game against Arsenal, and I didn’t see it against Villa.”
When asked what he expected from his team against Villa, he responded, “That’s the same question I asked after the game against Arsenal, and I didn’t see it against Zagreb, what I wanted to see.
So it’s impossible to tell because I was expecting a different mentality, which we didn’t get at Zagreb. Obviously, what do I want to accomplish against Aston Villa? I want all of the ingredients that I listed in response to some of the previous questions. They are the foundations of a trustworthy practitioner, in my view. It makes no difference where you live. We’re talking about football right now, but we might be talking about something in the culture.
The foundations of every job are integrity, dedication, desire, and appreciation for the people who depend on you to do a good job. That’s what I’m looking for every day, every match.”