‘You know all the negative stats… can I go now?’: Jose Mourinho challenges a reporter to look into his Tottenham away record as he suggests there’s too much negativity around Spurs but WON’T engage in talk of the top four
- Tottenham beat Fulham 1-0 on Thursday to record back-to-back league wins
- It is the first time Spurs have picked up consecutive league wins since November
- Jose Mourinho was reminded of this statistic by a reporter after the win
- The Spurs boss jokingly accused the reporter of being ‘negative’ about his side
- Mourinho also put in a reminder that Spurs’ away form has improved in his reign
Jose Mourinho jokingly accused a reporter of being too negative towards Tottenham after the north Londoners recorded back-to-back wins with victory at Fulham.
Spurs beat the struggling Cottagers 1-0 on Thursday night thanks to Tosin Adarabioyo’s first-half own goal – with Mourinho’s men now five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
After beating Burnley 4-0 on Sunday, Tottenham have now won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November, but Mourinho was not too happy to hear that record being thrown back at him by BT Sport’s Reshmin Chowdhury after the Craven Cottage win.
Jose Mourinho accused a reporter of being too ‘negative’ about Spurs after their win at Fulham
Tottenham won at the struggling Cottagers thanks to Tosin Adarabioyo’s (middle) own goal
Responding to the back-to-back wins statistic, the Portuguese laughed and claimed: ‘You know all the negative stats. You know all the negative stats…
‘I have a challenge for you – how many matches (did) Tottenham win away from home (in the) one year before I arrived? And how many matches have Tottenham won away from home since I arrived?
‘I don’t know (the answer). Can I go?’
BT Sport’s Chowdhury took Mourinho’s jokes well and claimed she would look up the statistics regarding Tottenham’s away form under the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho jokingly disapproved of BT Sport’s Reshmin Chowdhury’s ‘negative’ view of Spurs
The win was Spurs’ eighth away league victory since Mourinho became boss 15 months ago
The answer to Mourinho’s question is that Tottenham won just four away Premier League matches in the final 12 months of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign – including none from January 2019 to the moment the Argentine was sacked in November of that year.
Mourinho, meanwhile, has won eight Premier League away matches as Tottenham manager since replacing Pochettino just over 15 months ago – including Spurs’ first four top-flight matches on the road this term.
Despite the positive start to the campaign, which saw Spurs top the table at the beginning of December, Tottenham’s season unravelled with five defeats in six Premier League matches starting from the end of January.
Mourinho’s men also exited the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage with a dramatic 5-4 extra-time defeat to Everton in the middle of that dismal run.
Mourinho’s men now have back-to-back league wins after five losses in their previous six
But the back-to-back wins comes at a perfect time for Spurs who face a challenging 10-day period.
After hosting Crystal Palace on Sunday night, Spurs then face Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday night before travelling to Arsenal the following weekend for a Premier League north London derby.
Mourinho was hesitant in declaring that Spurs are aiming for a top-four finish and maintained they are looking at one game at a time.
Spurs face Crystal Palace – then Arsenal – with a Europa League last-16 tie in between the two
He added: ‘I don’t want to say we are competing for the fourth position. I want to say we are competing to win the next match.
‘That’s the way we are going and after that is the Europa League. It’s a knockout, we want to go to the quarter-finals.
‘Let us go like that and of course good results help – people smile in a different way and let’s see what we can do.’
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