Jose Mourinho bans Tottenham players from watching back 7-2 defeat to Bayern

Jose Mourinho has banned his Tottenham players from watching any footage of their embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier this season. 

Spurs travel to Germany in their final group stage match on Wednesday night, hoping to avoid anything near a repeat. 

Both teams have already qualified for the knockouts and there is absolutely nothing to play for in Munch – the hosts have secured top spot, while the visitors will go through as runners-up. 

Ahead of kickoff, Mourinho has forbidden his squad from watching or analysing their first meeting as he hopes to spring an upset. 

“I forbid any image of it [the 7-2 defeat],” the manager said in his pre-match press conference.

“I watched it a couple of times: me, my staff and analysts try to go through every single aspect of that but not one single image for the boys.

“No. Not at all. We’re going to focus more on us than on Bayern.” 

GIVEMESPORT’s Ollie Browning says:

It’s certainly interesting that Mourinho has banned his players from watching back their embarrassing defeat.  

Normally, managers and their players will analyse every performance in great detail, especially ahead of a re-match.

Does Mourinho’s reluctance to show his squad their shortfalls suggest that there’s a mentality problem at Spurs? Perhaps. 

Elite footballers should have the mental strength to take criticism of their performance on the chin, especially if it’s coming from their manager. 

Let’s compare Tottenham to Premier League leaders Liverpool for a moment. 

Jurgen Klopp has often described his team as a bunch of ‘mentality monsters’ given their ability to ability to grind out results and stay competitive to the final whistle. 

But Mourinho has banned any mention of the embarrassing defeat to Bayern, so it sounds like his Spurs squad are full of ‘negative Nancy’s’ – rather than ‘mentality monsters’. 

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