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Jose Mourinho claims Tottenham’s problems run deeper than his position as manager

Jose Mourinho has claimed an element of Tottenham Hotspur’s plight is out of his control as there are problems at the club that he cannot fix by himself.

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Spurs suffered their fifth defeat in their last six Premier League games on Sunday, falling 2-1 to London rivals West Ham United to leave themselves ninth and nine points adrift of the top four.

The first-half of the 2020/21 season was dominated by the conversation of Spurs being title contenders but their punishing form since the end of January has made that appear a distant memory.

Tottenham’s performances continue to be marked by individual errors in defence as Mourinho chops and changes his backline, while the goals have also dried up with just four in this challenging six-game period.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the defeat at the London Stadium, Mourinho said: “I feel that we are not in the position in relation to our potential.

“Even if I think for a long, long time that we have problems in the team that I cannot resolve by myself as a coach.

“Our potential is higher than where we are so of course there is frustration. We should be in a better position.”

It’s hard to decipher exactly what Mourinho means with the above, in terms of who or what he’s specifically referring to that is preventing the team from reach its potential.

After a busy summer of recruitment, albeit with Joe Rodon signed as the only reinforcement in central defence, January was quiet with Mourinho having to make do with what was already in the building.

There could also be the sense that for instructions, strategy and motivation Mourinho can instil in his team, individuals are perhaps not performing to the required levels of consistency.

Tottenham’s next three league fixtures are against Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace – all very much “winnable” – but before then is a Europa League date against Wolfsberger AC with Spurs 4-1 up and with one foot seemingly in the Round of 16.

Mourinho confesses that competition could represent Spurs’ most likely route into the Champions League, albeit with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, AC Milan and Villarreal potentially in their way before the final on May 26.

“To think about a top four spot is getting very difficult,” Mourinho added.

“To play in the Europa League will give us a window of opportunity to get a Champions League spot by winning it. Of course, difficult, but it is possible.”