Dele Alli is adamant this is no time for Tottenham to ‘get their violins out’.
After five matches without a win, including an FA Cup exit, with five first-teamers injured, two facing FA charges and a 1-0 deficit going into the away leg with RB Leipzig in the Champions League tonight, Dele told his team not to sulk.
Tottenham’s manager has plenty of reasons to believe the world is against him — not that Mourinho has ever needed much excuse to get into a siege mentality.
But when asked to back up Dele’s words about no violins, the mean fiddler of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium played us a sad tune — and accentuated his side’s weaknesses at both ends of the pitch.
Mourinho replied: “It’s based on work ethic, professional ethics, pride and, of course, talent — because talent is important.
“We don’t have what I love to call ‘the box sharks’, the players who smell blood in the box and put the ball in the net
“So even when we’re dominant it is difficult to score lots of goals.”