Jose Mourinho has revealed what he told his defence at the half-time break during Tottenham Hotspur’s emphatic 5-0 win against Burnley.
Spurs had to bounceback quickly from their mid-week defeat to one of the Portuguese manager’s former clubs, Manchester United and, perhaps, did it in the best possible fashion.
In what could have been a potential banana skin tie for the north London outfit, Tottenham managed to put five past Sean Dyche’s side as they restored some order.
Although Mourinho witnessed his side go into the break with a 3-0 lead, it appears the manager wanted to challenge his players to achieve another particular milestone.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, he revealed he told his defenders to make it their ‘collective ambition’ to keep a clean sheet – something they had not managed to accomplish in the Premier League since their win against Crystal Palace back in September (WhoScored).
“Yes, thank you (laughs), thank you with that, the defensive process. Yes, defensive process,” he was quoted as saying by Football.London.
“At half time I told them the clean sheet should be a collective ambition. So it goes in the direction of the defensive process. Everyone defended well.”
Indeed, keeping goals out of the Tottenham net has been a difficult task and one that appears to have really troubled the club this season.
According to data by TransferMarkt, Spurs managed to keep a total of 13 clean sheets from their 38 Premier League fixtures in the previous campaign – having recorded six at this stage last year.
With top-flight matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City all to come before the turn of the year (WhoScored), Mourinho will be keen to see that ‘collective ambition’ he spoke about remain firmly in the minds of the Tottenham defence.