The moment things changed for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham as Spurs star makes exciting statement
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The moment things changed for Spurs
It has been a good spell for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham in recent weeks.
Since losing 2-1 to London rivals West Ham last month, Spurs have won their last three games in all competitions, all without conceding a goal.
Mourinho's men enjoyed 4-0 wins against Wolfsberger and Burnley in the Europa League and Premier League respectively, before winning 1-0 away against Fulham on Thursday night at Craven Cottage.
And former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has pinpointed when he thinks things changed for Mourinho and his Spurs side, having faced criticism over the team's playing style.
“I think the Liverpool game [3-1 defeat on January 28] was the defining moment. I think the Liverpool game at home, they were that bad, and he thought ‘this can’t continue, because I can’t keep the door shut at the back'," he said, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“On top of that they couldn’t seem to maintain possession of the ball or look dangerous anymore.
“If you think about that Everton game in the [FA] cup, they really took the game to Everton on that day and he finished that game and thought, ‘do you know what, we played ok’.
“There was nothing there that he could say that he was that disappointed with, they played alright in that game.
“I think there were elements in the City game even when they broke the lines and they got through. If they had been more clinical, Lamela was taking too many touches, but the opportunities to counter attack were there.
“There was a direct shift in mindset after that Liverpool game, where it was about trying to get it right and trying to get some of the best players playing.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
Hugo Lloris' big statement
While the fortunes have changed for Spurs in recent weeks, one thing that did excite fans this week was seeing Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane all line up in the same side at Fulham on Thursday.
Bale, Son and Alli were all involved as Tosin Adarabioyo put through his own net to score the only goal of the game in west London, but Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris insisted that it was a team effort.
However, he has made a statement to excite fans ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday, adding that Spurs' players have started to believe again amid their recent run of form.
"It’s not just individuals, but the whole XI who have to work hard in training, get into good habits and find confidence," he said.
"For different reasons, there were individual players with different situations who were apart from the team but it’s not the case today and the manager chose them 100 per cent."
He added: "It’s important to praise individuals when the players deserve it but, also, for me, it’s important to talk about the work from Lucas, Erik Lamela, and it’s not only the four players.
"I know people want to focus on the front four players because they have their own status but also to make great performances, to make great seasons, you need the whole team.
"It’s not just about the four players, it’s about the whole group of players and the last few games we’ve started to believe again, we’ve started to see convincing things.
Joe Hart's embarrassing faux-pas
Joe Hart has had a moment to forget among some of his Tottenham team-mates after getting Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's name wrong.
Hart, Gareth Bale, Matt Doherty and Hojbjerg all took part in a word association game with Soccer AM's Adam Smith in association with bookmakers William Hill, and when the topic of Danish pastries came up, Hart wrote 'Piere', missing an 'r'.
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Bale jumped in and pointed out that it was spelt wrong and Hart responded: "I don't know how to spell Hojbjerg, I don't know how to spell Pierre."
Hojbjerg then wrote on his board 'Jo Hard' and Hart saw the funny side, before he plunged himself into further embarrassment.
He replied: "I deserved that Pierre, It is incredibly easy Joe Hart. Pierre-Emmanuel Hojbjerg though."
Left amused by the situation, Bale said: "Emmanuel! He's Emmanueled you off! It's Emile!" Hart added: "Emile, sorry, sorry, that's what I mean. There you go, way off it!"