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Breaking News ! One silver lining to Tottenham‘s embarrassing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb is there are no more Thursday night games for Jose Mourinho‘s men this season.That 3-2 reverse last month means Spurs have had an extra few days rest this week while Sunday’s opponents Manchester United were busy preparing for their Europa League quarter-final against Granada in Spain.Following a disappointing draw away to Newcastle last weekend, Mourinho can be expected to shake things up for Sunday. i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The 58-year-old hit out at “so many individual defensive mistakes” after the 2-2 at St James’ Park and may look to bring some experience back into his backline. Read More Tottenham player ratings: 5 key performances from Newcastle draw as Spurs give Chelsea a top-four reprieve “The Premier League is hard and is high-level football. And when in some actions you don’t show that you belong to that high level of football, it’s difficult,” Mourinho told the BBC on Sunday.“We made so many individual defensive mistakes that lead to instability. In the first half we were always in control, even in the second half when we had the ball we didn’t have any problems. We could have scored a couple more.“Instability brings hope to our opponent and our opponent didn’t give up. I had the same feeling and I’m on the bench. It’s difficult to have the feeling of absolute control because I know that what happened can happen.”Mourinho claimed that Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier both missed the trip to Newcastle after returning from international duty too late to undertake Covid-19 testing.With young centre-back Japhet Tanganga deputising at full-back in recent weeks, Aurier looks likely to return to the starting XI with Alderweireld an option to come in for one of Davinson Sanchez or, more likely, Joe Rodon. Ben Davies and Matt Doherty are likely to remain on the sidelines with injury. How to watch Spurs vs Man Utd Date: Sunday 11 April 2021Kick-off time: 4.30pmVenue: Tottenham Hotspur StadiumTV (and live stream): Sky Sports Premier League (Now TV day pass for £9.
.That formation has largely served Spurs well this season, with the likes of Son, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale able to run beyond Kane to devastating effect.It was also the formation Mourinho used when Spurs enjoyed that remarkable 6-1 victory at Old Trafford back in October. Oh what Mourinho would do for a similar result here.Spurs have generally paired Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele as the midfield two in recent weeks but Mourinho could be tempted to reintroduce Moussa Sissoko to add some more defensive heft and allow Ndombele to roam further forward where he has looked more dangerous this term.How Spurs could line up against Man Utd on SundayIs fear of criticism hurting Spurs?By Jonathan Veal, PAA fear of receiving public criticism could be a contributing factor to Tottenham’s alarming trend of conceding late goals, according to a leading sports performance coach.Spurs have let 11 points slip this season by letting in goals in the last 10 minutes of Premier League matches, turning a possible title challenge into a fight for the top four.Jose Mourinho has not been afraid to criticise his players, either individually or collectively this season, and after the latest blip against Newcastle on Sunday he said “same coach, different players” when asked why his current side were not showing the resilient traits associated with his former teams.Sports performance coach Jeremy Lazarus, who has Premier League players, managers and top level performers in other sports among his client list, insists he does not know the ins and outs of what is happening at Spurs, but says generally the fear of producing a mistake tends to make one more likely to happen.Mourinho has been a happy man in recent weeks (Photo: Getty)“It is completely feasible that if you go into a match thinking you might get hung out to dry or might be criticised in some way, either individually or collectively, that could affect the way you perform,” Lazarus said.“There is much evidence about the impact on performance of ‘psychological safety’, the idea that to you need to feel ‘safe’ enough to perform at your best.“It is a paradox, if you know that if you go out and make a mistake you are going to be OK, then you are less likely to make a mistake.“If you are on edge and thinking, ‘If I make a mistake, not only am I letting the team down but I am going to get criticised publicly’, then it’s more likely that you are going to be a bit scared and make bad decisions.“Managers have to be tough sometimes but when the players know he is being straight with them and totally supportive they are more willing to accept fair criticism.”Spurs captain Hugo Lloris gave a damning assessment of the state of the dressing room in the wake of their embarrassing Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb, suggesting out-of-favour players were causing a “big problem” and that there was a lack of the togetherness that was prevalent during Mauricio Pochettino’s spell.Lazarus says it is impossible for there not to be an impact on the pitch if there is a lack of harmony in the dressing room.“If you have got divisions, and it seems from what we are reading there are, if there are divisions in the club that is going to affect their mentality which could subconsciously affect their desire to really give that extra little bit for a team-mate,” he said.
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