Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho forbids team from watching clips of 7-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich

Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager last month, has watched a video of the previous 7-2 loss against Bayern but said he did not want the players reminded of it

Reuters December 11, 2019 11:46:40 IST
Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho forbids team from watching clips of 7-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich
  • Mauricio Pochettino was in charge for the demolition by the German champions on 1 October

  • Mourinho, who replaced the Argentine last month, has watched a video of the match, he said he did not want the players reminded of it

  • Mourinho has left Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen at home and would use the game to assess fringe players

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has banned his players from watching replays of their 7-2 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich earlier in the campaign as they prepare to face the Germans in the reverse fixture on Wednesday.

Champions League Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho forbids team from watching clips of 72 drubbing by Bayern Munich

File image of Jose Mourinho. AP

Mauricio Pochettino was in charge for the demolition by the German champions on 1 October and while Mourinho, who replaced the Argentine last month, has watched a video of the match, he said he did not want the players reminded of it.

“I forbid any image of it,” Mourinho said at his pre-match news conference. “I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys. No. Not at all."

“There is a certain way that we try to play football and try to develop our principles of play and we’re totally focused on us.”

Both teams are already through to the knockout rounds and Mourinho, who has left Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen at home, said he would use the game to assess several fringe players.

“I arrive in mid-season, without four, five, six weeks to work and know the players – so we have to do everything while we are running,” he added.

“It’s very important to me that the players are coachable and open. I think the boys need me and my job is to help them.”

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