Mourinho moans about Spurs being ‘too nice’ ahead of FA Cup clash with Canaries

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the Premier League match against Wolves at the T

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the Premier League match against Wolves at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Picture: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho feels his team are being “too nice” after falling to a third successive defeat ahead of their FA Cup clash with Norwich City.

Tottenham were beaten 3-2 at home by Wolves on Sunday, following on from a 2-1 loss at fellow Champions League qualification rivals Chelsea and a 1-0 home loss to German side Red Bull Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Spurs have slipped to seventh and to five points from fourth placed Chelsea with 10 games remaining, as they continue to persevere without injured strikers Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier twice gave Tottenham the lead, but Wolves hit back each time as Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota levelled before Raul Jimenez scored the winner for the visitors.

"They had the correct mentality and I think we were punished," Mourinho told PA Sport. "Not just today on the second and third goal, but for quite a long time because we don't have that aggression, that ruthlessness.

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"I think we are too good, we are too nice and that was the only thing that made a difference in the game, because tactically I think the team was really good.

"I think Wolves was not expecting and they were in trouble for periods of the game.

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"We didn't have one single problem apart from Wolves' individual qualities, so it's difficult to cope with some individual qualities that they have.

"So I think unfair result, totally unfair result, but for the neutral - great game."

Spurs welcome Norwich to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday (7.45pm) in the FA Cup fifth round.

Mourinho continued: "In this week I used the words 'we have to try to keep close' until the moment where we have possibly back a different power than we have.

"It's frustrating but we have to keep fighting like we did today.

"I cannot complain to the players about the spirit, about their fighting, I can complain about some psychological characteristics that is not easy to change, but I have nothing to complain with the players at all, I think the result is very unfair."

- You can watch our recap of City's 1-0 win over Leicester on Friday in the video at the top of this page

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