MX23RW : Tuesday, January 21 19:41:56| >> :600:3962092:3962092:

Mourinho: 'We need to be raging, not sad, after defeats'

Mourinho: 'We need to be raging, not sad, after defeats'
© Reuters
Spurs face Burnley this weekend looking to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho slept at Tottenham's training ground in order to prepare for Saturday's game with Burnley and has told his players to stop wallowing in disappointment following a defeat.

Spurs boss Mourinho felt the dressing room was engulfed in sadness after his 100 per cent start was ended by Wednesday's 2-1 loss at former club Manchester United.

Having flown back from Old Trafford, he spent the night at Hotspur Way in Enfield attempting to plot a swift return to winning ways against Sean Dyche's Clarets.

Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham coach at the hands of Manchester United in midweek
Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham coach at the hands of former club Manchester United in midweek (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho has ordered his squad to respond to the first setback of his tenure in a proactive manner by harnessing anger and rage, rather than feeling sorry for themselves.

"After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad," said the 56-year-old.

"Sad is grief. It's death. When you lose somebody, you have to be sad, you have to be grieving, you have to be crying.

"There is no solution against that, you lost that person. A football match, you lose one, tomorrow there is another one.

"You keep moving and growing and learn from the mistake and don't accept the defeat as an empty word. Accept defeat as a learning process, next game, work the next day.

"I slept in here (the training ground), I stayed here, I didn't go home, so the next morning at eight o'clock I was here doing what? Burnley.

"Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.

"That's the way you have to do it in football. Don't accept in a passive way."

Let's go! 👊#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/UccJH88pUY

Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 6, 2019

Defeat against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United side was Tottenham's fifth from 15 top-flight games during an unconvincing start to the season which has left them nine points adrift of the top four.

It followed successive league victories over West Ham and Bournemouth, in addition to progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League, as life under Mourinho began brightly following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

A hectic schedule has left the Portuguese coach with limited time to work with his players on the training ground.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, who is eager to tighten up defensively after conceding twice in each of his four matches to date, hopes to eventually instigate a change of mentality.

"These players, they need this kind of message, they need this kind of (mentality), 'OK, I don't accept defeat. Defeat is something that doesn't belong to my culture'," he said.

"Unfortunately, we cannot work on the pitch. The training session yesterday was phenomenal but it was a training session with the players that didn't play against United.

"We need time to work but I cannot stop the league now and say, 'OK, one month of pre-season' and I am going to take them to Dubai for a month. We cannot do it, we have to play.

Jose Mourinho had won his opening three matches as Tottenham boss
Jose Mourinho had won his opening three matches as Tottenham boss (Adam Davy/PA)

"We have to resolve our problems step by step. It's obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room.

"I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results."

Spurs remain without injured goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm this weekend, in addition to defender Ben Davies and winger Erik Lamela.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Jose Mourinho

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Man City boss Pep Guardiola watches on on November 30, 2019
Read Next:
Premier League week 16 predictions including Man City vs. Manchester United
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Coppa Italia
Coupe de la Ligue
Australian Open Second Round
12am
Berankis
Querrey
12am
Zhang
McNally
12am
Li
Kenin
12am
Osaka
Zheng
12am
Goerges
Martic
12am
Badosa
Kvitova
1.50am
Gauff
Cirstea
2am
Pella
Barrere
2am
Evans
Nishioka
2am
Alexandrova
Krejcikova
2am
Jabeur
Garcia
2am
Riske
Zhu
2am
Wozniacki
Yastremska
2am
Barty
Hercog
2.30am
Fucsovics
Sinner
4am
Berrettini
Sandgren
4am
Paire
Cilic
4am
Schwartzman
Davidovich Fokina
4am
Paul
Dimitrov
4am
Tsitsipas
Kohlschreiber
4am
Ito
Djokovic
4am
Minnen
Rybakina
4.30am
Garin
Raonic
6.30am
Mmoh
Bautista Agut
6.30am
Polmans
Lajovic
6.30am
Hurkacz
Millman
6.30am
Hibino
Sakkari
7am
Wang
Ferro
8am
Thompson
Fognini
8am
Zidansek
Williams
10am
Krajinovic
Federer
10.30am
Keys
Rus
Australian Open First Round
12am
Suarez Navarro
Sabalenka
12am
Sorribes Tormo
Kudermetova
12am
Swiatek
Babos
12am
Sharma
Kontaveit
12am
Pliskova
Watson
12am
Townsend
Pegula
12am
Pavlyuchenkova
Stojanovic
2am
Mertens
Kovinic
League One
League Two
EFL Trophy
Scottish Championship
AFC Champions League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City24154564273749
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd239773627934
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2481062522334
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace2471072226-431
10Everton2486102633-730
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102234-1230
12Arsenal2361163032-229
13Southampton2485112942-1329
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2468102631-526
16Watford2459102034-1424
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
18Aston Villa2465132944-1523
19Bournemouth2456132036-1621
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!