Mourinho ‘completely saddened’ and questions players after shameful exit

Jose Mourinho, Tottenham manager away at Zagreb

Jose Mourinho cut a forlorn figure after admitting his Tottenham players had failed to do the basics during their disastrous Europa League exit.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg against Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham looked a safe bet to progress through.

However, a stunning hat-trick from Mislav Orsic booked Zagreb’s place in the quarter-finals and ensured one of the worst nights in Tottenham’s recent history.

Asked for his thoughts on their defeat, Mourinho gave a brutally honest assessment.

“There was only one team that left everything out there on the pitch,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “They left blood, sweat – even tears there at the end. It was not my team. They were very humble, I have to praise them.

“I went into the Zagreb dressing room to congratulate them. Very humble. Very humble.

“On the other side, my team, it did not look like it was an important match. For me it was, every match is important. And for every Tottenham fan at home, every match is important. It matters.

“To say that I feel sad is not enough, every emotion is left out there.

“I feel very sorry that my team did not win. We lost. It was based on attitude, based on compromise and I feel very sad.

“Football is not just about quality of teams, it is more than that. It’s about attitude and that’s how they beat us.

“Many times I don’t share my fears with my players. But tonight I did. I told them at half-time (at 0-0) and again at full-time before extra time, there was a risk (of going out).”

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Mourinho thanks Hoddle for his criticisms

Mourinho admitted his side failed to turn up, though refused to throw any individuals under a bus.

“I won’t say on camera,” he said in response to a question about if certain players would leave on the back of this performance.

“I am disappointed at our attitude. And I feel sorry that my team is the team that didn’t bring the basics of football and the basics of life. It is our job to give everything. Tonight we didn’t do it.”

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Glenn Hoddle had labelled the Tottenham performance “diabolical”.

Asked for his thoughts on what he said, Mourinho admitted he understood how he felt, but didn’t need telling.

On Hoddle’s criticism, Mourinho added: “I respect him, he’s a legend of the club. But I don’t need his words, I feel sad completely.

“I have respect for Hoddle, of course and what he says, but tonight I think we have to accept. I don’t need external critics because I feel deeply hurt.”

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