Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho has said the club must be more strategic than philosophical if they want to start winning titles and competing with the best.
With several injuries and with their recent poor form since their UCL final journey last season, Mourinho feels he needs to adopt a pragmatic approach at Spurs to build something.
According to him, when a team is in trouble, pragmatism could be necessary to salvage the situation.
He added that the club has to keep trying to create their winning mentality.
His words, “It helps to [always] have the mentality to win the next match. It doesn’t matter which competition it is, how many injuries we have or what you’re trying to be,”
“To have imagination, to be creative, to try to build something that can make you believe you can win the match, just like we were convinced we could beat Liverpool, that’s the way you create a winning mentality.
“You go for every game and you try, even if you have to be more strategic than philosophical. Philosophical is when you follow a certain philosophy and everything is in place to follow it.
“But another thing is when you’re in trouble and you have to be pragmatic, creative and try to build something. That’s what we did against Liverpool.”
Talking ahead of an FA Cup third-round replay vs Middlesbrough, he said, “You have to try to give the players that winning mentality even when you are in a difficult situation like we are. And that’s what we want to do. So [on Tuesday] we try again, we try to win again.
“I think by the reaction of the fans against Liverpool, they understood that the players did everything in that game and they didn’t get what they deserve. For a team that loses a match, it’s a very good feeling.”
“You can talk about philosophy or you can talk about trying to achieve the maximum you can,”
“And you can try to do both at the same time which is what I tried to do since day one.
“I had two days of work and I think against West Ham we showed by glimpses — without that dynamic and autonomism — what we wanted to create. In this moment, it’s difficult. So let’s fight.”