Tottenham stadium can be a fortress, says Jose Mourinho


Jose Mourinho knows all about turning stadiums into fortresses. For nine years and 150 matches he remained unbeaten at home. He went 77 games without defeat across two spells at Chelsea.

Now, since football started again after lockdown, he’s gone unbeaten at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Five games, four of them wins. It’s a long way from those heady days at Stamford Bridge, the San Siro and the Bernabeu, but it’s a start.

So he is optimistic on Spurs’ chances of turning their home into a fortress.

“I think so,” said Mourinho. “But we need to do it with the fans. Without them you can create a kind of fortress, but based on the tactical side of the game.
“But, I think with fans, you can do it in a much stronger way because you add the emotional side of the game that only your fans in your stadium can give to you.”

As Liverpool end another Premier League season unbeaten at home – they’ve now gone 59 without defeat – Jurgen Klopp has Mourinho’s tally in his sights, and getting there won’t be easy.

“I think the Premier League is getting into a direction where these unbeaten records are something more and more difficult to achieve because of the level of the teams,” said the Portuguese.
“But to be strong at home and to arrive at the end of each season with an important number of points in your pocket from home matches is very important.
“I think our recent results at home without the fans are important, but we need them back. I can imagine that victory against Arsenal with the stadium full of Tottenham fans. This is the kind of empathy that you can create step by step.”

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