Mourinho determined to turn Spurs form

Jose Mourinho is convinced he can turn around a wretched run of Tottenham form.
Jose Mourinho is convinced he can turn around a wretched run of Tottenham form.

Coach Jose Mourinho is convinced he can turn around Tottenham's current slump and believes he will go into the Premier League club's history for the right reasons.

Mourinho's position has come under scrutiny after a shocking run of form, which has seen them slip from top of the table in mid-December to being nine points off the top four in 13 games.

The Portugese coach was brought to the club to deliver silverware and he can still do that this season as Spurs have a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.

His side are also sailing towards the latter stages of the Europa League and will meet Wolfsberg in the second leg of the last-32 tie on Wednesday.

But the league form, where they have lost five of their last six games, is nothing Mourinho has experienced before and he is committed to making a success of his time in north London.

"When the results are bad normally the coach is a lonely man," he said.

"I cannot say I'm happy but I would say I'm not unhappy. I wake up in the morning and I want to come back to work. I arrive in the building and feel the motivation in everyone.

"I feel very confident and I believe we are going to improve and I believe that I will be in Tottenham's history for the good reasons and not for the bad reasons."

Club chairman Daniel Levy hired Mourinho hoping to end the club's long trophy drought and Mourinho says there is no friction with his boss amid the poor run of form.

"My relationship is the same since day one which is a relationship of respect and open communication," he said.

"Nothing changed in relation to that."

Spurs are all but through to the last-16 of the Europa League competition which looks like being their best route back into the Champions League, leading 4-1 from last week's first leg.

Giovani Lo Celso and Serge Aurier are still out, with Mourinho suggesting he will name a strong line-up.

Australian Associated Press