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Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction
Tottenham’s European aspirations floundered as Sheffield United made short work of Jose Mourinho’s side at Bramall Lane.
Goals from Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie ensured the Blades leapfrogged the Lilywhites who are now floundering in ninth place in the Premier League table.
Harry Kane’s late strike was scant reward for Spurs, who had an earlier strike from the England skipper controversially chalked off – VAR ruling on a handball by Lucas Moura.
And that all left boss Mourinho somewhat perplexed both by his side’s performance and the decision.
“We have to do better, we have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened during the game. We cannot mentally die after Michael Oliver’s decision.
“I know that it’s very difficult to take, the players around the situation know what happened and what didn’t happen, you celebrate and you feel the goal. You are conscious that it’s a moment.
The Spurs boss added: “I know that it’s a kick in our teeth but with fifty minutes to go, we have to be stronger. That’s my criticism to my team in the second half – in spite of control – in spite of ball possession – in spite of trying.
“We lost that, I don’t want to say desire but when you are not convinced.
“We were not strong enough mentally to dominate so much in the second half, but not with that sharpness and intensity that makes you create chances.
“In the end, in the second half, we had the ball but we didn’t have the chances to change it.”
Spurs return to Premier League action on Monday, July 6 when Everton are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (8:15pm).
Sheffield United: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, McBurnie (K. Freeman 90+1′), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Mousset 63′), Robinson, Osborn, Berge Subs not used: Sharp, Jagielka, Moore, Rodwell, Živković.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Davies (Vertonghenat 81′), Sissoko (Dele 71′), Lo Celso, Bergwijn (Lamela 56′), Lucas Moura (Ndombeleat 71′), Son, Kane Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Winks, Skipp, Gedson
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes.