Jose Mourinho expressed his disappointment at Tottenham’s one-nil defeat to the ‘lucky’ Liverpool, revealing his particular frustration with Andy Robertson’s challenge going unpunished and an incident in the build-up to the Reds’ goal.
In a frantic affair, visitors Liverpool defeated Tottenham via Roberto Firmino’s first-half goal to extend the Reds’ remarkable unbeaten league run to 38 games.
The game was not without controversy, however, when in the build-up to Liverpool’s goal, the ball appeared to cannon off Sadio Mane last despite the throw-in being awarded to the Reds.
Liverpool scored within seconds of the throw, much to the chagrin of Mourinho.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the match, the Portuguese said: “Yesterday we spent half an hour defending throw-ins and we lost the game on the throw-in.
“I think the refs did a very good job, but the assistant on the opposite side didn’t see that Mane touched the ball [in the build-up to the goal].
“We have to try to create a buzz to compete with a team as good as they are. I think we deserved more. We intensified the pressure more in the second half. We were more aggressive.
“I told you they would win the league when they beat Manchester City three or four months ago. They were lucky – they could have conceded a goal and got a red card for Robertson’s challenge.”
The Robertson incident referred to the Scot following through on a challenge after his initial miscontrol and catching Spurs youngster Japhet Tanganga on the shin.
Robertson did make contact with the ball first, but the contact with Tanganga’s leg was undeniable on replay. No punishment was forthcoming from VAR, however.
Mourinho was more reserved when speaking with the BBC.
The Spurs coach said regarding the result: “This is football. Sometimes you get more than you deserve. Sometimes you get less.
“This was an occasion when we got nothing when we deserved something.
“This is the best team in the world against a team in a difficult moment, with injuries, in a difficult part of the season. The boys were fantastic when we tried to change and create problems.”
On the prospect of Tottenham still qualifying for the Champions League via the top four, Mourinho said: “It is possible to talk about top four when you start the season on zero points.
“But it is hard to talk about it when you start at minus 12 (the number of points off the top four Spurs were when he took over).”