Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has suggested that the club's dressing room is divided by selfish players and agents who have a relationship with the press, with the Portugese gaffer revealing that it is difficult to keep a harmonious dressing room in present day football.
Tottenham responded to their shock Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb to reignite their hopes of finishing in the top-four of the Premier League by beating Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday courtesy of goals from Carlos Vinicius and Harry Kane.
Following their north London derby loss to Arsenal, Hugo Lloris had stated that there were no problems being caused from the players but that it was a result of deep-rooted problems at the club. Mourinho for his part agreed with the assessment made by his goalkeeper.
“Football nowadays is not easy in relation to that. The selfishness is around, the individual interests are around, the agents are around, the connections between agents and press are around. And instead of developing a feeling of a team, empathy, ‘I do for you, you do for me’, ‘I win if I play 90 minutes, I win if I am in the stands," he said post the game.
“This is something that you need time to develop this in a group. Nowadays you need time because society and the psychological profile of younger people is not an easy one. I want to be proud of my players, it does not matter the result. And during my career I was proud of my players many times after defeats.
“I was not proud last Thursday or at the Emirates. For me, more than thinking about what position we are going to finish, whether we are going to win the (Carabao Cup) final, is to try to develop this spirit that we need. But I cannot do it alone. I have to do it with my club. I have to do it with my players in the dressing room. But tonight I am really happy with what they did."
The win on the night meant that Tottenham moved to sixth in the league table with 48 points from 29 games, two behind fourth placed, Chelsea.