Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says family spirit helped his side to battle to a 2-1 win against Norwich City at home on Wednesday night.
Spurs were below-par for long periods and looked to be heading for a frustrating point with their impressive visitors when Teemu Pukki’s penalty cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener.
But Tottenham hit back through Heung-Min Son’s close-range header to pick up their first Premier League win of 2020 and close the gap on the top four to six points.
It’s a very important result for us,” Mourinho said. “Apart from Leicester and Liverpool, every other team is in a very hard group; you win a game and you go up, you lose a game and you go down. It’s very difficult to win two, three matches in a row.
“When we are playing very well we should score more goals and kill matches because then when the opponent is in control they create problems and you risk to lose matches.
“But it was fantastic what happened after 1-1. I looked to the bench and I didn’t have attacking players to change the game, the team is under fatigue… how can we change the game? With the family spirit, family character, family desire, which is what they did.”
Mourinho went on to reiterate the togetherness of his squad and praised his players for their physical commitment to earning an important win.
“The team fight because the team want to do well,” he said. “They know the situation isn’t easy. The team knows in this moment every point is a point that helps you in the table, every victory makes you close some gaps, every defeat makes you go away from your objectives.
“Every player that was here on the pitch, on the bench, the ones not selected… it’s really, really a very good group. It’s a pleasure to be with them, to work with them and try to help them in such a difficult season for them since the beginning of the season.
“Today is a good feeling. The 1-1 was a bit scary for everybody connected with us. We don’t want to lose points today but the reaction was very good and I saw players really tired going over their limits to try to give us the points. So, happy dressing room.”