Work to do for Jose as Spurs show signs of fatigue

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Leicester City – Reaction

Not happy with the penalty and not happy with the performance. Indeed, there wasn’t too much for Jose Mourinho to enthuse over after watching his Tottenham Hotspur side slip to defeat against an impressive Leicester City in N17.

Indeed, Spurs simply didn’t turn up. Jamie Vardy converted from the spot after VAR had assisted referee Craig Pawson after Wesley Fofana was felled by Serge Aurier.

And when Vardy’s header back across goal was turned into his own-goal by Toby Alderweireld, there was no coming back for the off-colour Lilywhites.

“The penalty is not a penalty created, it was not something that was created, it’s not something that comes in the sequence of something great,” the Spurs chief bemoaned.

“For me, it comes completely unrelated to the context at the time, because at the time it was our best period of the first half.

“We start bad, the first – maybe – twenty minutes was a poor performance, some empty spots in terms of pressing, attitude, recovering the ball.

Mourinho continued: “I didn’t like it at all. During the first half, we changed, adapted the positions, especially in midfield.

“The team improved a lot, we have a period of domination, a couple of good chances. And then the penalty, which was out of context of the game at the moment.”

Spurs have won just two of their last five Premier League matches. But despite slipping to fifth as a result, Mourinho offered a positive spin, adding: “I’m frustrated when I lose but it’s not like there is a target that cannot be achieved.

“Our target is to win the next match and the result of the previous matches they don’t interfere in our target for the next match.

“The next match we want to win like we wanted to win today.

“Don’t get me wrong, I want to win matches and what happens in the match before shouldn’t have an impact on the next one, which is what I think is going to happen- we have to try always to win the next match.”

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Brian Jeeves

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