Mourinho deflects accusations about Tottenham style after Leicester loss

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 5:02 - Samuel Bannister

Jose Mourinho insisted that Tottenham were not put under too much pressure by Leicester despite falling to defeat.

Spurs lost 2-0 to the Foxes as they suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Their performance lacked a cutting edge as they rarely looked like troubling Leicester.

Their visitors took the lead through a Jamie Vardy penalty after Serge Aurier had pushed over Wesley Fofana, before a Toby Alderweireld own goal sealed the result in the second half.

Despite questions being raised of Tottenham, manager Mourinho claimed that Leicester did not cause them too many problems either.

“They didn’t trouble us either,” he said. “They scored through Toby’s own goal and I don’t remember anything else.

“I remember [Kasper] Schmeichel making an incredible save. Yes, we didn’t create 15 chances and they defended well.

“But that we didn’t start well isn’t because I told them not to start well. We did start bad though, yeah.”

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Mourinho also believes that the penalty, while a clear mistake from Aurier, came against the run of play.

“The penalty is not a penalty created,” he said. “It is a penalty that we commit.

“It’s not something that was created, that comes in a sequence of something great, and for me comes out of context as at the time was our best period of the half.

“We started bad. The first 20 minutes was a poor performance. Some empty spots in space, pressing, attitude and I didn’t like at all.

“Then we change and adapted and had a period of domination and chances. Then the penalty which was out of context.”

Mourinho “can’t blame” Aurier

Aurier has shown signs of revival under Mourinho this season. However, giving away the penalty led to further questions about his own role in the team.

Mourinho, though, refused to blame the right-back for the result.

“Is it a problem? Let’s focus on today,” he said.

“It was a mistake but it was mistake in minute 45 or 46. Then we had players making mistakes in other areas. I can’t blame players for making a mistake.”

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