Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho fires dig at West Ham after troublesome Premier League defeat
Tottenham: Mourinho denies team are in crisis
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at West Ham in the aftermath of his team’s 2-1 defeat on Sunday. The north London giants slipped to another Premier League loss, one that plunges their chances of finishing in the top four into uncertainty. And Mourinho has claimed West Ham stopped playing in the second half.
Tottenham went into the match against the Hammers on a high after thumping Wolfsberger 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.
However, they instead slipped to another defeat with Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard on target for the home side.
And Mourinho, speaking to the club’s official website after the game, has fired a dig at West Ham by claiming they ‘stopped playing’.
“The result is there, they have the points and we have the sadness and the frustration,” he said.
“The good feeling is the way the team played, especially in the second half.
“No doubts the team wanted to win, no doubts the team was fighting together for a different result, and I believe we deserved a different result.
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“West Ham didn’t play in the second half, they just fought and defended.
“We played, we created chances, we scored a goal, should score more, hit the post twice, had fantastic crosses across the face of goal waiting for a touch, even sometimes an own goal.
“We had great positions from the edge of the box, shots that normally you think that Sonny, Harry or Lucas are going to score, so, also not lucky.
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“But we cannot forget that the score was 1-0 and somehow after a couple of minutes in the second half it was 2-0.”
Tottenham has picked up just 81 points from his first 50 league games in charge.
That’s his worst record at any club, having previously picked up considerately more at Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
But Mourinho has insisted his coaching methods are still the best in the world.
When asked if Tottenham’s poor run had him questioning his philosophy, the 58-year-old said: “No, not at all. Not at all. Zero.
“Sometimes results are a consequence of multiple situations in football.
“Mine, and my coaching staff’s methods, are second to nobody in the world.”
Mourinho also shut down claims Tottenham were in crisis, adding: “I don’t know what you mean by crisis.
“If crisis is frustration and sadness in the dressing room, I would say so, because nobody is happy, we all showed that in this game.
“When a team fights the way we did until the last second trying to get a different result, it is never a group in crisis. Groups are in crisis when you are not together in the search for better results than you have.
“So I wouldn’t say crisis, I would say a really bad run of results. That is obvious. We are losing too many matches.”
The result has moved West Ham into fourth in the table and David Moyes, speaking to Sky Sports, is daring to dream of more.
“To win this one today was really important because of the games we have got coming up,” he said.
“I said a few weeks ago if we could hang in there, we could look at it further down the line.
“We are really excited by it because this time last year we were worried sick because we were going to get relegated. So we are thrilled with it.
“But the thing for me is that we can play much better than we are, and that is what excites me because there is more to come.
“We are ahead of our station at this moment in time. We have done half the job, let’s see if we can finish the second half.
“Where does it take us? I am really hoping we can get into one of the European competitions but if it doesn’t and we finish outside it, I think it would be hard to say the players have not had a good year.”
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