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Mourinho shows sympathy for his strikers in face of defensive woes

 

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

By Jonathan Veal

Jose Mourinho says Tottenham's defensive calamities have left him feeling sorry for his attacking players.

Spurs' surge up the table has been severely undermined by some horror shows at the back - no Premier League side have conceded more goals in all competitions since Mourinho arrived in north London in November.

There is no problem at the other end as the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min have been firing, but Mourinho's team would comfortably be sitting in the top four if they had defended properly.

And the Portuguese knows the attacking stars are within their rights to wonder what is going on behind them.

"The problem is the way we concede the goals and the way we play," he said ahead of today's trip to Southampton.

"But we have to improve. We concede too many goals and it is very frustrating.

"If I was one of my attacking players I would be very frustrated that behind we are not able to stop it."

Despite their defensive fragility, Mourinho again reiterated that the way to cure it will be found on the training ground, not in the transfer market.

"January we have a little bit more time to work and with work we are going to try to improve," he added.

Spurs have at least improved their away form under Mourinho, but face another stern test at St Mary's.

"Four matches away, we won two, we drew one and we lost one," he said.

"Is that better than before? Yes. Is it perfect? No."

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