Jose Mourinho has claimed he wants no more “stories about Spursy” after Tottenham’s conceded three late goals to West Ham.
The North London club were three-up after 81 minutes against their East London rivals before their shocking collapse.
Speaking before Tottenham begin their Europa League group campaign at home to Austrian side Linz on Thursday, the Portuguese coach was asked about Tottenham’s tradition of late failure which has been dubbed “Spursy”.
The double Champions League winner said: “That denomination is not important for me. The past is not important for me. The future is of course important for me.
“What can I say? We’re a team in evolution. I believe that nobody has played better than us with the ball, which is a big evolution from us last season.
“We are a very exciting to watch, I believe, and that is very important. That’s the DNA we want to have. Is that enough to win football matches? No and you have the proof – we have only eight points when we played so amazing in every match apart from against Everton.
” Southampton, Man United, Newcastle, West Ham – we played amazing football and this is very difficult to do. We are doing that but of course we need to paly for a result and we have to learn how to do it.
“To be honest what happened is a little bit out of context of what happened this season because against Southampton we were losing and were strong enough to change the result, against Man United the worst thing happened to us which was after one minute we were losing and we were strong enough to change that result.
“Against Newcastle we were solid, playing amazing and then what happened is one of the beauties of the VAR decision. So this game was completely out of context. I believe winning 3-0 minute 80, we can play 50 more matches and it’s not going to happen again.
“So I don’t want to be stuck on this or no stories about ‘Spursy’ or this kind of thing. We have just to defend set pieces better because the team – even defensively – is playing very well. We have conceded one single goal from open play against Southampton. Apart from that penalties, lateral free-kicks, VAR goals and we are quite solid.”