Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Reaction
THREE DEFEATS on the bounce have left Spurs supporters seriously questioning which direction the Lilywhites are heading in. However, Jose Mourinho insisted their latest setback – by the odd goal in five at the hands of impressive Wolverhampton Wanderers – was harsh on his side.
Spurs lead twice through Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier. However, the West Midlanders hit back through Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota, then won it thanks to a terrific strike from Raul Jimenez.
The defeat saw Tottenham spinning to seventh place in the Premier League and when Mourinho was asked if he thought the scoreline was a fair reflection of his sides toil, he responded: “I don’t think so.
“I think it was a very good game with two teams that nobody was happy with the draw. Two teams trying to win it.
“Of course, two teams with different styles. They are what we all know they are, incredibly fast and strong in the counter-attack. We are a different team. Obviously, without the strikers, we tried different solutions.”
The Spurs boss continued: “I think it worked in the sense that we managed to score goals. We managed to have some opportunities.
“We managed to arrive in dangerous positions. I don’t know as I don’t have the data at the moment but I believe we had more possession than them.
“We had more control than them. I think it’s unfair, the result is totally unfair for us but that’s what it is.”
When quizzed as to whether Wolves’ striking options made a difference, Mourinho added: “It would be too easy for me to say that. I prefer to focus on this game today and try to forget the players that we are missing.
“They have Jiminez, yes, fantastic player, and they have that incredible counter-attack which is very difficult to stop, especially if you don’t have that mentality they showed.”
Hugo Lloris missed the match due to a troublesome groin injury. When asked about a potential return date for his French stopper, Mourinho replied: “I don’t know – It’s hard to say when he’s going to be back.
“Is it a big problem? I don’t think it is, but (not) ready to play today and have to wait.”
Look out for Jose Mourinho and Nino Espirito Santo’s post-match press conference, in full, courtesy of The Press Bureau – shortly.