Mourinho forbids Spurs players from viewing that hot thrashing by Bayern

Tottenham Hotspur head coach José Mourinho. Picture: Adam Pretty / Bongarts / Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur head coach José Mourinho. Picture: Adam Pretty / Bongarts / Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho has banned his players from watching replays of their 7-2 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich.

His order came as his team prepares to face the Germans in a reverse fixture later tonight.

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

“I forbid any image of it,” Mourinho said at his prematch news conference.

“I watched it a couple of times. Me, my staff and analysts tried to go through every aspect of that, but not one single image for the boys...

“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 arrived 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.” – Reuters

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