Tottenham suffered a fifth defeat in their last six games to pile more misery on Jose Mourinho, as West Ham secured a 2-1 derby win to remain fourth in the table. Although Spurs staged a late comeback and hit the woodwork twice, the Hammers stood firm to earn a vital win against their London rivals.
The defeat resulted in Mourinho securing just 81 points from his first 50 games with Tottenham, the lowest at this stage in his managerial career. Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for Champions League next season through a top four finish looks unlikely, as they sit 9th in the table, nine points behind fourth-placed West Ham.
On asked if the recent run of results prompted him to doubt his philosophy, Mourinho said “No, not at all. Not at all. Zero. Sometimes results are a consequence of multiple situations in football.”
“Mine, and my coaching staff’s methods, are second to nobody in the world.“
The Portuguese dismissed talks on crisis, and said “I don’t know what you mean by crisis. If crisis is frustration and sadness in the dressing room, I would say so, because nobody is happy, we all showed that in this game.”
“When a team fights the way we did until the last second trying to get a different result, it is never a group in crisis. Groups are in crisis when you are not together in the search for better results than you have.”
“So I wouldn’t say crisis, I would say a really bad run of results. That is obvious. We are losing too many matches.”
On Champions League qualification
Mourinho refused to rule out his team’s chances of finishing in top four, but admitted Champions League qualification through Europa League could be more viable. The Portuguese added “It is still mathematically possible. When it is mathematically possible it is realistic, yes it’s very hard, but mathematically it’s possible.”
“Of course, our team has problems and the problems are reflected in results and with points. But I also believe a little bit of that luck needed in football to win matches has to be back, and if that comes back things will be different.”
“You hit the post and it goes inside or outside, the VAR decisions many times – not specifically today but many times – are controversial or decisions by an inch. Sometimes you need luck to go in your favour.”
“I believe if this team wins a couple of games in a row, the situation can change, and we can fight for top four. Nine points now is difficult, but in football it is possible.”
“Then there is the Europa League, we are alive. When we are alive, knowing there are many difficult opponents and everybody has the same ambition we have, but the Europa League is a window of opportunity for us and maybe we can get to the Champions League through it.”