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We would have scored 12 with an ‘attacking coach’: Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur's Jose Mourinho delivered a sharp riposte to critics of his "defensive" style yesterday morning (Singapore time), saying after their 6-1 win over Manchester United that they would have scored 12 if they had a more attacking manager.

The Portuguese came in for criticism last season due to some defensive displays and disappointing results, after he took over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino last November.

However, Sunday's victory, which followed a 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa in Europe last Thursday, saw Spurs join English Premier League top scorers Everton and Leicester City on 12 goals from four games.

"Imagine if they have an attacking coach," Mourinho told beIN Sports. "With a defensive coach, they scored... six. With an attacking coach, they'll score 10, 11, 12.

"We were more convinced about our power, our qualities and our game plan than about United's weaknesses, because I don't think that they have many."

Victory was especially sweet for Mourinho, who was returning to the club which sacked him 22 months ago.

"The mentality is great. The players are playing very well. Everyone is giving everything. The squad is of course full of quality, talent and, in this moment, numbers," Mourinho added.

Spurs will host West Ham United after the international break on Oct 18. - REUTERS

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