Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says that, after watching his side squander another lead on Wednesday, Spurs must learn how to kill a game. Spurs conceded a late goal to Fulham after going up 1-0 through a Harry Kane header, in what ended as a 1-1 draw. Spurs conceded a 74th-minute goal to Ivan Cavaleiro after leading for the majority of the match before having a goal of their own called back for offside.
After the match, Mourinho acknowledged that Spurs lacked a killer instinct to finish a game and bet too hard on playing football free of errors.
We once again consider a target that can be fully avoided, “Once more we concede a goal that is completely avoidable,” I have to say they played more in the second half. They were losing and trying, but we didn’t make a save for Hugo Lloris, but we didn’t ruin the game. We lost the man in the corner again.
We have plenty of chances for matches to be killed off. We win in other cases, particularly away, but then we don’t have the ambition to achieve the target and destroy the game.
“There are individual things. Some things are individual qualities and individual mistakes. I cannot say much more than that.”
Only Brighton (12) and Sheffield United (11) have lost more points from winning positions than Spurs (10) this season in the Premier League, despite conceding late again on Wednesday.
As a result, Spurs are actually in the sixth, six points behind league-leaders Manchester United, chosen by many to be title contenders.
“We have to kill a game and we didn’t – but you have to keep a clean sheet, not make mistakes, so it was a very avoidable goal. The markers are there, there wasn’t even an advantage in terms of numbers,” he told BBC Sport.
“They were intelligent enough to understand the way they play, they change, they become more defensive and they are getting results. I thought they were a bit lucky but they were good. We have bad results and we should – and we could have – avoided these results.”
Mourinho says that despite the recent struggles to close out games, Spurs will probably not dip too deep into the transfer market.