Not a lot to like for Mourinho as Spurs come unstuck

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Everton – Reaction

The Premier League wouldn’t be what it is without the odd occasion when an agitated Jose Mourinho faces the media. But with his feet under the managers’ desk and having had time to assess, prepare, and in a couple of positions, adjust, it was perhaps a little surprising to see the Spurs chief bemoaning an ugly performance so early in the campaign.

Nevertheless, after toothless Tottenham had succumbed to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s powerful header ten minutes after the restart, the Portuguese boss had plenty of areas to point the proverbial finger.

“I didn’t like my team,” he said.

“I didn’t like that so many referees on the pitch, on the touchline and in front of the screen to allow a free-kick to be taken five or six metres in front which create a totally different angle of cross and a totally different angle to a cross to attack the ball and put the defensive zone line.

“I can complain now as I was complaining before the goal. I was complaining already with the referees before the goal.”

Mourinho continued: “I didn’t like my team – I believe until their goal the game was there. Until their goal, in spite of they had good control of the ball, they didn’t create apart from one bad pass from Ben Davies that almost gave a chance to Richarlison.”

Mourinho was a little happier with what he saw before the interval, although it was clear that Spurs lack conviction and looked worryingly jaded: “In the first half, we were the team that created the best two chances and two really beautiful situations with Kane and Doherty and Son and Dele Alli.

“In the second half, after their goal, we were poor and in my opinion we were not physically strong, no intensity and the team lacks at this moment many players physical condition.”

Brian Jeeves

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