Possession stats are like overcooked meat, says Spurs boss Jose Mourinho

By Reuters 18m in the past

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LONDON – Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho has dismissed criticism of his aspect’s conservative taking part in type within the aftermath of Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool, saying there may be an excessive amount of emphasis on meaningless possession statistics.

Spurs had simply 24 p.c of the ball and 19 passes within the closing third in comparison with Liverpool’s 200 however Mourinho insisted the higher staff had misplaced after a Ninetieth-minute header from Roberto Firmino denied the north London membership a hard-fought level.

“I like everything in football,” Mourinho stated forward of Sunday’s Premier League sport at residence to Leicester City. “I like organised attack, I like football with more transitions, I like to defend with a high block or with a low block.

“The media love the phrase possession and stats. Sometimes you say, ‘the stats say participant B had 92% effectivity in his passing.’ But they do not say that participant solely made passes of two metres. And they they do not say that participant was a centre again who solely handed to the opposite centre again.

“The stats many many times are like an incredible piece of meat or fish but badly cooked. It doesn’t tell me much. What it tells me is the number of goals you score and chances you create. You can have less of the ball but score more goals.”

Spurs are second within the desk with 25 factors, three behind leaders Liverpool.



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