Jose Mourinho has yet again criticised his players after Spurs dropped points against Newcastle in a 2-2 draw. Having crashed out of the Europa League, Spurs’ couldn’t capitalise on Chelsea’s defeat against West Brom on Saturday to go level on points against Thomas Tuchel men in the race for top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Having gone behind through Joelinton’s finish in the 28th minute, Spurs captain Harry Kane scored a quick fire double to take the lead. However, on-loan Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock scored from 2 yards out in the 85th minute to earn Newcastle a well-deserved point in their struggle to remain in the Premier League.
Being known for his defensive tactics and shutting down opponents, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham has now dropped 15 points from a winning position this season. On asked what is that down to, Jose Mourinho replied “Same coach, different players.”
Mourinho lamented his team’s instability for their poor performance, and said “We work well, we work hard. But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.”
“Looking at the second goal, it’s easy to understand because there’s three different moments – the cross, the ball at the far post where they won it, and then the ball in the face of the goal where our two centre-backs were in position. You can analyse it easily.“
“It’s not just about the defensive mistakes that lead to goals. We have situations where we have the ball and I know already the ball is going to end with [keeper] Hugo Lloris. That’s the way we sometimes create instability to ourselves.”
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game Mourinho admitted he was not happy with points being dropped, and said “It is not a good point. We should and we can, with the objective to win so I’m not happy with a point. I don’t want to go very deep on my analysis because I feel that what I feel, what I think, what I want to say cannot be with you, it can only be in the dressing room.”
“If I analyse the performance separated from so many mistakes that lead to instability and instability leads to hope in the opposition, if I want to analyse it separate from that, I think we were very good in some moments. But I cannot do it. I cannot separate the game from these moments of instability and that’s the reason why we didn’t the game.”
“It was not a problem of fight, it was not a problem of attitude, the players wanted to win but I have to be honest and say I saw things on the pitch, not in terms of attitude but in terms of profile, vision, balance, which belongs to the top players, I didn’t see in every position.”
“We were three points behind Chelsea, now we’re two points behind Chelsea, so you can look at two perspectives. But it isn’t just about Chelsea, it’s about Everton, West Ham and Liverpool so you can say we got one point in relation to Chelsea but lost two to Liverpool so let’s see what the other does.”
“That’s not the point for me in this moment, the point for me is to set up a team that came here with every intention to win and in the end, a little bit of deja vu in some situations. I believe many of these white hairs, they come with things I’m not used to seeing in football matches at this level.”