Mourinho goes on the offensive after Tottenham set unwanted record

Date published: Thursday 9th July 2020 9:06


Jose Mourinho let rip on the match referees and VAR after his Tottenham side were denied a penalty in their disappointing 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.

Tottenham entered the contest with hopes still intact of qualifying for European competition next season.

In a drab affair, however, Spurs failed to spark offensively, and became the first team ever to fail to register a single shot on target against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Initially choosing to focus on the decision not to award Harry Kane a penalty after what appeared to be a clear push in the back, Mourinho said: “The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United. In the world everybody knows that is a penalty. And I say everybody, I mean everybody.”

“The game had the most important moment, you know when, you know who and I don’t want to say anything more in relation to that because everyone knows and I don’t need to say much more. Everybody knows.

“The performance was not good enough, but good enough to win. I am not saying a strong performance or a sharp one but good enough to win.”

Pinpointing the Bournemouth tactic that frustrated his side so succuessfuly, Mourinho added: “In a way they surprised us with the way thy played, since Bournemouth were in the Premier League I don’t remember them playing the way they did, but that is an option for them because they have a point they wanted.

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“They played direct, only direct, they didn’t move the ball in the first phase like they used to do and they made it difficult for us in their approach.

“But I think we were not sharp, we were dominant behind, it was an easy game behind but then lack of sharpness in attacking areas.

“I made changes, I think the changes helped improve the game in the last part of the game but we didn’t score goals and you don’t win when you don’t score goals.”


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