Jose Mourinho says free-scoring Tottenham are nowhere near his record-breaking Real Madrid team just yet.
Spurs have scored 31 goals in their last nine games in all competitions with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son leading their attack. Mourinho’s La Liga-winning Real Madrid side scored 121 goals on their way to the title in 2011/12, accumulating 100 points and conceding 32 goals.
Despite Tottenham’s impressive attack, Mourinho accepts his side are still trying to find the balance after seeing their defensive frailties highlighted when they let a 3-0 lead slip in the final 10 minutes against West Ham last week.
“In Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way,” he said ahead of the trip to Burnley, live on Monday Night Football.
“I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid, confident – to (be able to) have a go. So we need to find that balance.
“Let’s say that it is a team thing, it’s not just about individuals. We need to be able to play with all these attacking players and have the team with everybody ready to be organised defensively and not to give space to the opponent.
“And behind, we need to improve in some details – that’s obvious.
“You look to our squad and incredible quality and numbers and options from midfield to attack and we are trying to find solutions and we are trying to be organised.”
On criticism labelled towards him for the pragmatic style of play Mourinho adopted at Manchester United and in his first season at Spurs, the Portuguese added: “Depends on the team. They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team that scored 121 goals in the league.
“If they say that about the way to finish second with Manchester United or last season to try to get a way to finish top six and to be in the Europa League, I think they are right.”
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