Mourinho reveals half-time prediction that foresaw Tottenham slip up

Date published: Sunday 13th December 2020 4:39

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho revealed he predicted exactly what could happen at half-time after admitting their draw with Crystal Palace was a costly two points dropped.

Spurs crated the vast majority of chances at Selhurst Park, and took a first-half lead after a goalkeeping error by Vicente Guaita.

The Spaiard would go on to redeem himself in remarkable fashion, pulling off a series of spectacular saves to keep Tottenham at bay.

Jeffrey Schlupp’s late equaliser ensured both sides had to settle for a point, something Mourinho did not take too kindly to in his post-match interview.

He told Sky Sports: “We have one more point than we had. In that way, a point is a point and we know how difficult they are to get in the Premier League.

“We [also] lost two points. If I look to the last 10 minutes of the game, yes, if I look at the first 45 minutes, yes, but from 45 to 75 minutes we couldn’t play or build from the back and we made lots of mistakes.

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“A team like them, they can create and fight in the box. If I split the game into three parts – we lost two points.”

On the reasoning behind his side’s inability to win the match, Mourinho explained: “I want to believe that was because we couldn’t.

“At half-time I spent a good few minutes telling them what could happen in the second half.

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“These guys, to control the game [against Palace] you need the ball. If you give them the chance to put balls in the box you put yourself in the line between victory and draw.”

“There are not lessons to learn. We knew what the game could be. At half-time we predicted what could happen.”

Asked whether Hugo Lloris could’ve done better to prevent the equaliser, Mourinho backed his goalkeeper while simultaneously evanding the question: “My goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League.”

 

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Crystal Palace goalkeeper Guaita expressed his pleasure with earning his side a point, and moved to explain his blunder that handed a goal to Kane – a player he described as the “best striker in the Premier League.”

“I feel good, a point – it is an important point,” he told Sky Sports. “Very happy.

On Tottenham’s goal: “The ball was moving, it was difficult. He is a good player, the best striker in the Premier League. Today I didn’t save but next week maybe I save it.

“All the saves are important. It was important with the 2,000 fans. It was a big energy for the team.”

 

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