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Sport Jenas: Mourinho can turn Tottenham form around despite Chelsea loss

04:30  05 february  2021
04:30  05 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Jermaine Jenas believes Jose Mourinho is capable of turning around Tottenham's slump in form because he is yet to lose the dressing room.

The north London club fell to their third consecutive league defeat on Thursday night as city rivals Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to Jorginho's first-half penalty.

Questions are being asked over Mourinho's future with Spurs now eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand, but Jenas gave the Portuguese a vote of confidence despite the defeat by Chelsea.

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a person that is standing in the grass: Jermaine Jenas claims Jose Mourinho (above) can turn round Tottenham's recent poor form © Provided by Daily Mail Jermaine Jenas claims Jose Mourinho (above) can turn round Tottenham's recent poor form a group of people playing football on a field: Spurs were beaten 1-0 by London rivals Chelsea on Thursday - the club's third straight loss © Provided by Daily Mail Spurs were beaten 1-0 by London rivals Chelsea on Thursday - the club's third straight loss

The former Spurs midfielder told BT Sport on Thursday night: 'I think he (Mourinho) can turn it around, it depends on how the players respond.

'Players run dressing rooms, players run football clubs in some points. At the minute we are a seeing a despondent team but I'm seeing enough of a reaction to know that Jose still has them. As long as he still has them, then he stays.

'I want to see a better brand of football but Spurs fans want to see a trophy.'

Spurs put in a dismal first-half display, having just two shots in the opening 45 minutes, one of them being on target.

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Jermaine Jenas wearing a suit and tie: Ex-Spurs man Jenas (above) claims Mourinho is yet to lose the dressing room at Tottenham © Provided by Daily Mail Ex-Spurs man Jenas (above) claims Mourinho is yet to lose the dressing room at Tottenham

Mourinho's men improved after the break and could have snatched an equaliser when late chances fell to Carlos Vinicius and Son Heung-min, and the Portuguese coach claimed he was pleased with the way his side ended the match.

Mourinho told BT: 'The feeling that I have is that the team stuck together, they fought together until the end. That is a positive thing we take.

'Tomorrow we have to train, Sunday we have to play. Ending the game with this is positive spirits helps.'

Jenas believes Mourinho is trying not to dampen the mood even further by praising his side, despite Tottenham's third poor performance in a row.

Jose Mourinho standing next to a body of water: The Portuguese manager was positive in his post-match interview despite the derby defeat © Provided by Daily Mail The Portuguese manager was positive in his post-match interview despite the derby defeat

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'The chances weren't there for Chelsea but they dominated the game and should have scored two or three more. But that's not Jose's job.

'His job is to drag his team off the floor. They're in a tough spot at the moment, he can't be doubling down on that because that's where we're going to do, that's what the fans will do on, how bad Tottenham have been.

'His job is to protect them and guide them back to what they were doing earlier in the season.'

Jose Mourinho et al. posing for the camera: Jenas claims Mourinho is being deliberately upbeat about his players in public to boost morale © Provided by Daily Mail Jenas claims Mourinho is being deliberately upbeat about his players in public to boost morale

Meanwhile, fellow BT Sport pundit Steve Sidwell believes the prospect of delivering a first trophy for Tottenham since 2008 is keeping Mourinho in a job right now.

Tottenham will contest the Carabao Cup final against holders Manchester City in April, while Spurs have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Sidwell said after the Chelsea defeat: 'All Spurs fans are fuming but there's a glimmer of hope there will be silverware.

'Anyone else, any other manager, they would want him out but because it's Jose there may be a trophy.'

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