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José Mourinho claimed that he wanted to play more attacking football in the second half of Tottenham’s win over Arsenal, but their opponents caused them problems.
Tottenham claimed bragging rights in the North London derby with a 2-0 win. He lifted them to the top of the table.
Spurs took the lead in the first half thanks to goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, each assisted by the other.
However, in the second half, Arsenal dominated possession. However, they couldn’t make their chances count against a determined Spurs.
Indeed, after the match, Mourinho admitted that Tottenham’s defensive approach in the second half, something that has become a key component of his management, was the result of Arsenal’s own tactics.
“It was a great game in every way, not just because it was Tottenham-Arsenal,” he said. Sky sports.
“I want to give words, congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game. Tactically they were very good, very organized.
“They gave us problems, problems that we were able to solve. They have good tactical courage and incredible spirit, they are a good team and he is a good coach.
“We were reading the game and making changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponent, but my guys did well today.
“I am very happy with the result and the performance, but of course I want the second-half team to play differently. In reality, you don’t always do what you want because your opponent forces you in a different direction.
“You are winning 2-0, why would you expose your defensive block if it is not necessary?
“It was a very difficult game. I imagine that tomorrow the headlines will talk that they are not in a good position in the table, but I think that with these players and Mikel it will be Arsenal v Tottenham again ”.
Kane and Son ‘world-class players’
Mourinho has gotten quite used to seeing Kane e Son combine for Tottenham this season. And he insists that their importance is not only reduced to the goals they score.
He added: “Harry Kane clearing balls in the area, Sonny for the first 60 minutes as a winger and then as a second forward, it’s not just about scoring goals and being world-class players. It’s about being great guys and doing what’s best for the team. “
Sitting at the top of the table, Tottenham have answered many questions in recent weeks. Mourinho is proud to have overcome a tough streak of matches with a positive record.
“We grew up,” he said. “I imagine a lot of people can imagine that three games in a row – against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – would be a time for us to score points and get back to ‘normal’, but we didn’t get back to ‘normal’. We are there.
“I think one more week at the top of the table unless Liverpool win by many.”