Three key issues for Mourinho to resolve as Tottenham’s season resumes


oing into the international break on the back of a win can often be frustrating but for Tottenham the fortnight provided a welcome hiatus, allowing them to reset and move on from the dismal defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.

With nine games to play, the top four remains firmly within reach and 12 points from their last 15 suggests they should not be discounted.

The question will be whether they can beat the teams around them and Sunday’s trip to Newcastle is followed by a visit from Manchester United, which promises to be revealing.

Jose Mourinho’s future remains in doubt but he would answer his critics with a win over Man City in this month’s EFL Cup Final.

Here are three immediate issues for Mourinho to resolve as domestic football returns…

Fix the dressing room squabbles

Mourinho and captain Hugo Lloris painted a bleak picture of a broken Spurs dressing room in the week before the break.

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Clearly, if Spurs are to make a success of their stuttering season by finishing in the top four and winning the EFL Cup, Mourinho must restore dressing room harmony and ensure the majority of his squad are pulling in the same direction.

Spurs have tough and decisive fixtures to come, not least against Man City at Wembley on April 25, and they will stand little chance if their team spirit remains fractured.

Decide on a defensive partnership

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Mourinho responded to the Dinamo defeat by starting young defenders Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga against Aston Villa – something many supporters have long wanted to see – and the pair were impressive in a 2-0 win.

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