What pleased Jose Mourinho the most about Tottenham Hotspur's victory at Sheffield United

Jose Mourinho was pleased that his Tottenham Hotspur side matched the "intensity" that he felt Sheffield United usually play with in their 3-1 win over the Blades at Bramall Lane.

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 5:08 pm

Spurs have thrown away 10 points from winning positions so far this season, and may have been feeling a little edgy when United's David McGoldrick halved the defecit after goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane had put the visitors 2-0 ahead at the break.

But a moment of magic from Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs' £55m record signing, re-established their two-goal cushion and saw them on their way to victory.

"Sheffield is a team that plays high intensity football," said Mourinho, who warned his side before the game that they were not playing the worst team in the Premier League, despite United's position in the table.

Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho (right) and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder embrace after the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

"We played with high intensity and pressed very high.

"It wasn't easy for our midfielders to cope with that intensity but we did that.

"The performance was good, the team was very dominant and created enough chances to kill the game in the first half. In the second, the intention was the same.

"A very basic mistake gave them the ball for the only chance they had, but then a genius action put us in front again."

On Ndombele, who had a difficult start to his Spurs career but scored a possible goal-of-the-season contender at Bramall Lane, Mourinho added: "I coach for so many years and had so many players, and I have enough experience to say and feel that when a player is not playing very well, it's his responsibility.

"And when he turns things around and brings his performance levels to a high level, it's also his responsibility.

"My door is always open, the door to the team is always open.

"The goal was amazing but I don't care about the goal, I care about the performance. He was magnificent."

Chris Wilder, the United boss, was left to bemoan "the timing and manner" of Spurs' goals.

"We got ourselves back in the game, a great goal from our point of view, and there was belief that if we got the goal then it was game on," Wilder said.