Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho claimed his side were “tired” before they started the 3-1 win at Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Harry Kane went past 200 club goals to hand Mourinho a first Premier League win at St James’ Park at the eighth attempt.
The England captain brought up the milestone before his 15th league goal of the season took him past 20 in all competitions for the sixth successive campaign and clinched the points after Matt Ritchie’s piledriver had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener.
Afterwards Mourinho lamented the schedule and felt the need to reinforce the notion that under his management Spurs would be fourth in the table and not seventh as they actually are.
In fact it was just three days since he trotted out exactly the same veiled dig at Mauricio Pochettino after the win at Arsenal.
Mourinho told the BBC: “Resilience, the team was tired before we even started. We had resilience and a great desire to win the match and to fight until the last for our objective which is the Europa League.
“Since I started we are fourth in the table. If we cannot get the Champions League than the Europa League is important.
“No doubt the subs were important. I knew they would give us the freshness that we needed.
“Harry Kane knows how important he is, he is incredible. After such a difficult recovery he is playing every minute of every game, this is the fourth game with two days in between, we are the only team to have this, and Harry gave everything.
“I am proud of them and happy with the points. Serge Aurier is a very strong character, every person is different and in his case he wanted to play.”
‘You don’t always get what you deserve’
Rival boss Steve Bruce said “you don’t always get what you deserve”.
“It’s the best we’ve played in a long time. They were excellent. Realistically we were safe months ago so the challenge has been can we finish as best as we can? Their attitude and application was excellent today and you don’t always get what you deserve,” said the Newcastle boss.
“We were naive after we equalised and we gave Harry Kane too much room. You know it’s a goal and that’s the difference, that quality at the top of the pitch.
“Fabian Schar looks like he has dislocated his shoulder and Allan Saint-Maximin has a calf – we’ll have to see on him but we are down to the bare bones. We were already missing seven.
“It’s about getting a few back for the start of next season now.”