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Tottenham squad have full belief in manager Mourinho, says Davies

Mourinho’s position has been questioned after a run of five defeats in the last six Premier League games, with Sunday’s defeat to London rivals West Ham leaving Spurs nine points adrift of the Hammers in fourth.

Spurs host Austrian side Wolfsberger in the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie tomorrow, leading 4-1 on aggregate. Tottenham are already in a League Cup final and winning the Europa League is looking like the most likely route back into the Champions League next season.

Mourinho’s more cautious tactics have also come in for criticism, but Davies says the Spurs boss has the full backing of his players.

Davies said: “He will set us up the way that he wants to, we have full respect and belief in the way that he’s working, and as players it’s up to us to stand up, really, we’ve got to put our best foot forwards, as best as we can.

“He’s desperate to win. That rubs off on players, definitely. Like I said, he’s got an amazing pedigree, he’s won everything that there possibly is to be won, and as players you can only thrive off that.”

Mourinho had taken Spurs to the top of the table earlier this season. Tottenham visited champions Liverpool in December with talk of a title race between the two but have fallen off dramatically since and Davies has called on the squad to turn it around.

“It’s obviously not how we wanted it to go at this stage of the season,” said the Welshman. “We were doing really well and it hasn’t gone the way we wanted right now, but I think in football it can be tough at times and you have tough periods.

“We need to stand up as players, be reflective on why it’s going wrong and really stand up to the pressure.

“We know it’s know where we wanted to be and the results aren’t what are wanted but now it’s time to try to turn that around.”


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