Frustrated Mourinho bites his lip

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Newcastle United – Reaction

It came as little surprise that Jose Mourinho was left livid by the VAR decision which ultimately cost his side all three points against Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mourinho’s charges should have been home and hosed after passing up a series of opportunities, However, they still held a slender advantage deep into stoppage-time thanks to Lucas Moura’s close-range strike midway through the opening period.

But what was to follow has left experts as well as the Spurs chief mystified by yet another controversial incident which has caused more confusion than it has cleared up.

The harsh handball given against Eric Dier infuriated the Spurs boss. He marched away from the touchline, missing Callum Wilson dispatch the resulting spot-kick to earn Newcastle a share of the spoils they didn’t deserve.

“I don’t want to comment, I just don’t want to,” the Portuguese chief explained.

“My team did a fantastic match, I cannot ask more from the players. Their goalkeeper was phenomenal. I cannot ask more from my players. We kept them away from the special box and we couldn’t do more than what we did.
“The team played very very well. It was a very complete match, offensively and defensively. No problem defensively, we created a lot of chances. Really, really good, I’m very happy with the performance.”

Biting his tongue, Mourinho did comment on the dismissal of his goalkeeping coach, Nuno Santos, for dissent after the final whistle.

“The only thing that I know is that I’m more experienced than him and I left down the tunnel when the referee blew the whistle for the last time,” Mourinho added.

“I know that in some matches at some clubs, even after the last whistle, it’s possible for something important to happen, but for us, I knew that after the last whistle it was over for us and I left for the dressing room. So Nuno is a little bit more naive than me and he stays there.”

Mourinho was quizzed over comments made by Crystal Palace boss, Roy Hodgson. His side victims of a highly contentious VAR decision twenty-four hours earlier. The Premier League’s elder statesman suggesting the system is ruining football.

“Mr Roy is our boss, the man with more experience, the man with the age, the man in the Premier League I always consider the eldest one, the boss. He has the status, the knowhow, respected by everyone – I live on him.”


Brian Jeeves