Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has challenged his squad to manifest the attributes that have been lacking in the last two games when they travel to Aston Villa.
Spurs’ season has unraveled in the last seven days, beginning with a north London derby loss to Arsenal, which greatly harmed their Premier League top-four chances, and ending with a humiliating Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
After both losses, Mourinho challenged his team’s mentality and needs to see the “basics of every task” as they prepare to face Villa.
Asked what he was looking for from his team against Villa, he said according to the RTE: “That’s the same question as after the game against Arsenal and I didn’t see it against Zagreb, what I wanted to see.
“So it’s hard to say because I was expecting a completely different attitude and we didn’t get that (at Zagreb).
“Obviously, what do I want against Aston Villa? I want all the ingredients that I told to some of the previous questions.
“They are what I consider the basics of an honest professional. It doesn’t matter about the area. At the moment we’re speaking about football but we could be speaking about any other area in society.
“The basics of any job is honesty, commitment, the desire, the respect for the people who require you to do good work. That’s what I expect to have every day, every match.”