An unhappy Jose Mourinho has stated that individual mistakes cost his side in their 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Thursday evening.
The hosts were markedly off the pace after starting the game positively. Errors and misjudgements from Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris and Joe Rodon led to all three Liverpool goals.
This didn’t escape the attention of the Spurs boss who gave his assessment of his side’s performance.
“My analysis is that we started very well, but before we scored the offside goal we showed immediately what the game was going to be for us – a big occasion for Mane, a big defensive mistake,” Mourinho told the BBC.
“That was the game for us, the team in the first half was very well organised, the goal is another mistake in the same position.
“The second half we had to make changes, we lose Harry (Kane), had to change the structure of the team.
“First minute, same mistake, second goal. Good reaction, another mistake and goal.
“It was a team fighting against its own mistakes. Some individual mistakes that you saw, you can replay and I cannot say much more than that.”
This was Spurs’ fourth loss of the league campaign and as a result they are eight points off league leaders Manchester City.
Tottenham have now failed to beat Liverpool in their last seven encounters.
Big worries over Kane
Harry Kane was forced off at half-time after suffering injuries to both ankles during the first 45 minutes.
Mourinho name-checked a Liverpool player who he suggested had led to his captain’s first knock.
“Two ankles, the first was a bad tackle, it was Thiago, the second one I didn’t know well,” he said.
“But two injuries in both ankles, the second one worst than the first one – a few weeks, I don’t know.
“There are some players you can’t replace. When it happens it happens but I believe we have to fight against it, we cannot do anything else.”
The England skipper has had problems with injuries at this point of the campaign in previous seasons.
Tottenham will hope that this double-blow doesn’t mean their talisman is out of action for a lengthy period at a congested time of the season.
Either way, the injury and the loss has put a huge dent in their title hopes.