Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham were not 'Spursy' in West Ham capitulation as boss jokes about Davinson Sanchez own goal

Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham were not 'Spursy' in West Ham capitulation as boss jokes about Davinson Sanchez own goal

October 21, 2020

TOTTENHAM boss Jose Mourinho has rejected claims his team were 'Spursy' in their 3-3 home draw with West Ham.

His team were coasting 3-0 and seemingly on course for another three points thanks to a double for Harry Kane and a Son Heung-Min strike.

But the Hammers fought back brilliantly with the comeback completed when Manuel Lanzini lashed home a spectacular 25-yard strike to seal a point.

It led to many rival fans to scoff at Tottenham being 'Spursy' – a term used to describe when the Londoners get close to silverware or victory but ultimately fall flat.

Speaking ahead of his team's Europa League game against LASK Linz, Mourinho said: "I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80, we can play 50 more matches and it's not going to happen again, so I don't want to be sticking on this.

"No stories about 'Spursy' and this kind of thing. We just need to defend better from set pieces."

West Ham got back in the game eight minutes from time when defender Fabio Balbuena headed past Hugo Lloris.

Then three minutes later Davinson Sanchez headed past his own keeper to make it 3-2, and of course Lanzini went on to be his side's hero.

But Mourinho didn't seem too donwcast about Davinson.

He joked: "The only player I can confirm is starting is Davinson Sanchez, who will be at the press conference.

"The only thing I ask is that you don't ask him about his amazing goal on Sunday."

Speaking previously about that game, Mourinho blasted his Spurs stars for not being strong enough 'psychologically' to cope with West Ham.

Asked what the heck went wrong, Mourinho said: "Football. Of course I have to analyse the second half and have to do it internally, but for you I prefer to say football happened, and praise West Ham's belief.

"It is not easy to be losing 3-0 and be dominated, to keep the belief.

"I knew they are a different team to last season, but to lose an advantage of three goals is a big punishment and eventually deserved.

"The game was under control, we had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, Gareth Bale to kill the game.

"The game was more to the fourth goal, but that's football."

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