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|Club as Player||Tottenham Hotspurs|
2020 02 29 Retrieve
[Harry Winks says an honest conversation with manager Jose Mourinho prompted him to up his work rate] I had an honest chat with the manager and he told me what he believed I needed to do. It was just an honest conversation, which I respect massively. It started with training. I just think my whole level and just the intensity as well, which I said to the manager that I agree. Since we had that conversation things have improved and I have been playing more and it is important that I keep those levels and intensity because I want to stay in the team. Over the last few years I have realised what pains I can play with and which I need to be a little more pragmatic about. It’s something I’ve got used to now. I am sure every footballer would say the same
He appreciates what everyone brings to the team and what their strengths are. He prefers defensive shape and being organised. That is something we needed to improve on anyway because we were shopping too many goals. Defensively, my role is a lot more important now. I needed to improve on that. I think defensively I have started to improve under the new manager. He has said it many times, he wants us to keep the ball, he wants us to create chances, and wants us to build from the back when it is the right time. We are still in the early phases of working out what the strategy is and what the tactics are
Everybody always talks about players like Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick. People like Michael Carrick get a lot of recognition after they retire and they are more players’ players as such. Every team needs goalscorers, needs attacking players, needs players who can sweep up the ball, but every team needs that someone who can be that link between both defence and attack.
If you look at the greatest teams who have played they have always that sort of player. I think in England especially there is always an impetus to look straight for the attack-minded players, to look at the goalscorers and the people who get the assists.
I think it is important to look back not just at the midfielders but the defensive and look at footballers in a different way. When we score it’s who has affected the game that way. But when we break the game down and look in depth and look at the reason why it has happened I think that is overlooked a bit slightly
2020 03 02 Retrieve
[Winks: Wolves defeat was one of Tottenham’s best performances of the season] It was a strange game, we played so well. We were in control in the first half and it didn’t look like it was going to go any other way than us winning. It’s probably one of the best performances as a team we’ve had this season. We did everything the manager said to do from last week’s game [the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea] when we weren’t good enough. We were aggressive, we kept the ball, we created opportunities. It’s such a shame that we lost. It’s tough. We haven’t seen the goals back but there are obviously things we should have done better
The manager has told us what he believes we should have done, and we know it as well. When you’re winning you have to be cuter and find ways of stopping the transition, stopping the counter and we weren’t good enough at that today. Everything else we were spot on with, but that’s the way we lost the game
The manager told me before the game that I would be captain and it was a special moment. I couldn’t wait to tell my family and they were so proud as well, but it takes away how special it is when you lose the game. I’ll go away and I’ll look back at this as a really proud day for me and my family to captain Spurs and have to have the opportunity to lead the players out was really nice, but to come away with a defeat nullifies that a little
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has suggested a large number of Premier League players are opposed to playing games behind closed doors] It’s a possibility of course and that could happen. It’s probably something that not every Premier League player wants to do. It’s a strange situation not having the fans there. That’s what makes football, that’s what makes the atmosphere. It’s what everybody plays for and lives for, it’s for the fans. When you can’t hear chanting, when you can’t hear the crowd it’s going to be a strange situation
[Winks experienced something similar when Croatia were forced to play their Nations League home game against England behind closed doors in 2018 and he was not a fan] We had it last season with Croatia away and it was a very strange situation to be involved in. It’s not something that I like and I know a lot of players feel the same way. It’s not something that anybody really wants to do but if it’s the necessary action that’s got to be done, it has to be done.
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[What do footballers think of playing games behind closed doors?] It’s probably something that not every Premier League player wants to do. It’s a strange situation not having the fans there. That’s what makes football, that’s what makes the atmosphere. It’s what everybody plays for and lives for, it’s for the fans. When you can’t hear chanting, when you can’t hear the crowd it’s going to be a strange situation