Jose Mourinho has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur squad to show some spirit, lacking in the last two games, when they travel to Aston Villa.
Asked what he was looking for from his team against Villa, he said according to the RTE: “That’s the same question as after the game against Arsenal and I didn’t see it against Zagreb, what I wanted to see.
“So, it’s hard to say because I was expecting a completely different attitude and we didn’t get that (at Zagreb).
“Obviously, what do I want against Aston Villa? I want all the ingredients that I told to some of the previous questions.”
Spurs’ season has unraveled in the last seven days.
A north London derby loss to Arsenal greatly harmed their Premier League top-four chances.
Then, a humiliating Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb rubbed salt o the first lost.
Now, Mourinho has challenged his team’s mentality after the two recent losses.
He needs to see the “basics of every task” as his players prepare to face Villa: “They are what I consider the basics of an honest professional. It doesn’t matter about the area. At the moment we’re speaking about football but we could be speaking about any other area in society.
“The basics of any job are honesty, commitment, the desire, the respect for the people who require you to do good work. That’s what I expect to have every day, every match.”