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Bergwijn: Mourinho goes through fire for Tottenham players

Tottenham midfielder Steven Bergwijn says he's not scoring this season because of a change of role.

Bergwijn hit three goals last season after arriving in January from PSV Eindhoven, but he's yet to hit the back of the net this term. However, the Holland international argues on another day he would've scored in last week's crucial defeat at Liverpool.

He explained to Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: "I have been given other assignments this season.

“I have to go with the opponent going back more often, so it is more difficult to get into scoring positions. I was also unlucky. A chance against Liverpool went against the post. Nine times out of ten that would hit the mark. If I come across such situations more often, I will automatically finish one."

After his switch from PSV, Bergwijn could immediately count on manager Jose Mourinho's confidence. The winger quickly secured a starting place, impressing in an attacking role under the Special One. But his progress stalled when he suffered an ankle injury in March.

Bergwijn, speaking about his relationship with Mourinho, says he regards his manager as a father figure.

“He is very honest with me. We talk a lot, he is a good person who wants the best for his players. He's going through fire for us. You could see him as a father figure. I have a good relationship with him," added the Holland midfielder.

Contracted to Spurs until 2025, this season Bergwijn has managed 18 appearances for the Londoners. Next up for Tottenham is Fulham on Wednesday.

- updated December 30

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