‘We took it serious’: Jose Mourinho pleased with professionalism of his Tottenham players as Premier League side earn comfortable win over Ludogorets in the Europa League
- Jose Mourinho has praised his Spurs side’s professionalism after another win
- Tottenham bounced back to defeat Ludogorets 3-1 in the Europa League
- Mourinho says Spurs are the better team, but still had to take the game seriously
- Attention now turns to Sunday’s trip to The Hawthorns to take on West Brom
Spurs travelled to Bulgaria looking for a response from last week’s surprise defeat to Royal Antwerp, a result that left the coach furious with the application of his side.
Jose Mourinho has praised Tottenham Hotspur’s professionalism after their win on Thursday
Spurs bounced back from last week’s loss to Royal Antwerp to defeat Ludogorets 3-1
Mourinho said his side didn’t need to be at their best to secure all three points, but was pleased with the professionalism shown by his players.
‘Tottenham is a better team, with better players. We didn’t need to play very, very well to win the game,’ he said after Thursday’s win.
‘We did our job, we played serious, we took it serious, we played with great attacking force, starting with Harry Kane.
‘Ludogorets is not a weak team, we are better than them and we showed this. We have to try to do the same when we play them in London.
While acknowledging that Spurs are the better team, Mourinho said they had to be serious
Attention now turns to Sunday’s trip to Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion
‘We started the game with ambition, which was different to what we did in Antwerp. So good attitude to start. We tried to kill the game in the first half.
‘It was not possible with 2-0 because 2-0 the result is still open, but it was a strong start and performance with two good goals and hitting the post.
‘We completely dominated and I don’t remember one single situation for them of danger. That made a difference because in Antwerp we gave an advantage to the opponent and then when they were good they were winning.
‘They closed everything the way they could and we couldn’t react.’
Spurs have a quick turnaround for Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, in which Mourinho will expect a strong performance and result against the Premier League strugglers.