Jose Mourinho tells Tottenham players to ‘make him look good’ against West Ham

Jose Mourinho has told his Spurs stars: make me look good against West Ham.

The north Londoners ended their run of one win six by beating Wolfberger 4-1 away from home to almost certainly progress in the Europa League.

Spurs now go to the London Stadium on Sunday with West Ham beaten just twice in their last 16 matches in all competitions.

Mourinho could prove the difference with the Portuguese boasting an impressive record in London derbies.

Asked for his secret, he said: “Special teams. Special teams win lots of matches.

“We coaches are as good or as bad as our players make us. We depend a lot on them. Especially coaches with a lot of experience and long histories, who went through every possible experience.

“We get to a stage of our career where we feel much more stable, much more humble and we realise with all the experience we have that the ones really responsible for our career are the ones that play for us.

“So hopefully at the weekend the guys have a great performance and they can make me look good. Because they're the ones that make us look good or bad.”

Gareth Bale and Dele Alli could both start at the London Stadium behind Harry Kane after good performances against Wolfsberger on Thursday night.

A run of four defeats in their last five league games has seen Mourinho's side slip down to ninth, having been top of the table in early December.

Spurs are now six points off fourth but have a game in hand.

West Ham staged an incredible fightback to take a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in October – scoring three goals in the last eight minutes.

Mourinho is hoping his side have finally learned to see matches out better. He said: “The first game against West Ham is a little bit of the reflection of our season and the reflection of some of our problems.

“If we win that game you would all say we played amazingly well, which we did. We had an incredible first half, lots of quality, lots of dominance, we played really well but we didn't win it and this is a reflection of many of our matches.

“In that first match when I arrived, we started very well. We dominated the game for 75 minutes, we were winning 3-0 and we conceded two goals and we finished the game looking like we were in trouble. This team – on many, many occasions – plays well but doesn't get the results it deserves.”

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