Mourinho reveals Tottenham players did opposite of what he desired


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure after revealing the tactic of defending deep employed by his side in the second-half was “not the intention”.

Tottenham took the earliest of leads after an error by Rui Patricio allowed Tanguy Ndombele to score from range.

But with time running out, a Romain Saiss header brought parity back to the scores to ensure both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

Speaking to Sky Sports following the match, Mourinho said: “One point against Wolves normally wouldn’t be a bad result because they are a strong opponent. But scoring in the first minute and having 89 minutes to score more, there’s a sense of feeling frustrated.

“I know the way I prepare the team, I know all that and don’t want to say much more than that. We didn’t have that ambition or desire to go for more. You know the way I work.”

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Asked what his side need to do more, Mourinho added: “It’s not for me to talk to you about it. I know my team and my players better than anyone.”

Reflecting further to BBC Sport upon why Spurs failed to retain their lead, Mourinho said: “Tanguy Ndombele had a good game when he had energy.

“I didn’t want us to sit deep, I put Bergwijn on for Reguilon, a fresh Lamela for a tired Son.

“Defending deep, that’s not the intention. They know what I asked them at half-time, if they couldn’t do better it’s because they couldn’t do better.”


Same mistakes frustrating – Doherty


Ex-Wolves favourite Matt Doherty also spoke to Sky Sports, and vented his frustration at the all too familiar method in which Tottenham conceded.

“It’s very frustrating, such a late goal and from a set-piece again,” said the Spurs right-back. “We were only 1-0 up so it has cost us two points, we are not happy about it.

“There is more to come from us, we attack together, we defend together. It is up to all of us to get up the pitch. We knew how tough it would be and they didn’t prove us wrong.

“It’s a missed opportunity. We needed to win the game and we backed ourselves to see it out even though we didn’t play that well.”