Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur looked to be on their way to their first Premier League trophy in over half a century at the beginning of the season. It looked like the Portuguese man would finally get the Lily whites a major trophy in years but they have once again fallen down the barrel and have been unable to climb out. The London side got knocked out by Everton from the FA Cup in a thrilling nine goals fixture and then they were humiliated by Pep Guardiola’s men 3-0. Mourinho blamed the loss on the early penalty and the tiredness of the player but even he knows that if he does not show results soon, he could be out of the club.
With the loss against Manchester City, Spurs have lost five out of their last six games. This is an extremely concerning situation for the London side as they had managed to reach the finals of the UEFA Champions League only two seasons back. Now they find themselves in ninth position and struggling to attain a Champions League spot. The Citizens faced a bit of trouble in the first 20 mins and Harry Kane even hit the crossbar from a free-kick. However, after Rodri scored the penalty, the team lost motivation and let the game slip away from their hands.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho’s response to the loss.
In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, the former Chelsea manager blamed the penalty system and tired players for the loss. He said,
It is a fresh team against a very tired team, but a team which started the game very well with the game completely controlled, We hit the post, 1-0 that could give us that fuel you need when you are especially tired like the boys were. And then one more of these modern penalties, to put us in a difficult situation.”
When asked what is a “modern penalty” Mourinho explained that nowadays, as soon as there is contact in the box, a penalty is given. Does not matter if the touch was intentional or not, or the magnitude of the offense, “you touch with a nail and it is a penalty “. The manager was however once again positive about his player’s performances and he is hoping to change things around soon. He has to implement the changes fast as well as the board and the fans are losing their patience and if he loses the locker room, he will not be able to save his position.
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