Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – Reaction
JOSE MOURINHO was far happier with his Tottenham Hotspur sides second-half showing after they came from behind to see off Brighton & Hove Albion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs trailed to a thumping Adam Webster header at the break. However, lacklustre Spurs returned after the interval with renewed vigour and claimed the points thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
And with Chelsea slipping to a surprise defeat against Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Spurs closed the gap on the top four to three points. But it was that second 45 minutes which the Portuguese chief focused on.
“The first half – I wouldn’t say bad – I would a performance that is not separate from the previous result and defeat – there is always a relation,” Mourinho explained.
“You need to start well to get back good feelings and we didn’t start well and you could even say that we were a bit unlucky because in one minute we are winning 1-0 – then the VAR correctly disallowed the goal – so the next minute you are 0-0 and a couple of minutes later you are losing 1-0 – I think the boys felt it.”
Mourinho continued: “The second half was different. The second half they brought everything they have to bring. We spoke about tactical details, we spoke about principles, the emotional side of it and the second half was really good – even if we were not winning this game I would be disappointed, of course, but I would have the feeling that the boys have everything, not forgetting we played a very good team and I think that is also important to say.”
Harry Kane drew Tottenham level with his tenth Premier League goal of the campaign, drawing an enthusiastic response from his manager: “When I was not his coach I was always saying that he’s the kind of striker who is always fantastic even when he’s not scoring,” Mourinho added.
“There are so many top scorers in the world who score so many goals, but the day they don’t score their performance is always poor because they give nothing.
“This is the guy who if he doesn’t score his performance is good. He presses, he recovers balls, he holds the ball, he assists, he drops back.”