The Portuguese manager has expressed disappointment after seeing his side suffer a stunning 3-0 loss away from Dinamo Zagreb.
Jose Mourinho questioned the “attitude” of his Tottenham players and apologized to club supporters after the shock exit from the Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs took a 2-0 lead in Croatia as Dinamo Zagreb emerged victorious 3-0 in the last 16 second leg at Maksimir Stadium.
Mislav Orsic had a superb hat-trick to complete the surprise, with the last of his goals in extra time, and Mourinho lamented his side’s lack of hunger to win the game after the final whistle.
What was said?
“If I forget the last minutes of extra time, where we did something to get a different result and pass, in the 90 minutes and the first half of extra time, it was a team that decided to leave it all behind. the field “, Mourinho told BT Sport.
“They left sweat, energy, blood. In the end, they even left tears of happiness. Very humble and committed. I have to congratulate them. On the other side, my team. repeat, my team. They didn’t look like them. It was playing an important game, if for one of them it is not important, for me it is.
“For the respect I have for my career and my work, every game is important. For every Tottenham fan at home, every game counts. Another attitude is needed. Just to say that I feel sad is not enough.”
“What I feel is more than sadness. I just left the Dinamo dressing room where I went to congratulate the guys and I’m sorry that a team is not my team won the game based on attitude and compromise. I feel more than sad. This is it.
“Football is not just about players who think they have more quality than others. The basis of football is attitude. They beat us on that. I told the players about the risk. to play like we were. It happened because I believe the players only realized he was in danger when they scored second. “
Mourinho under pressure?
Spurs only have one trophy left to play after being kicked out of the Europa League, and they are in real danger of missing out on a place in the Premier League top four.
Mourinho’s side fell six points behind Chelsea, who currently sit last in the Champions League, following a 2-1 derby loss to Arsenal at the weekend, which marked their ninth loss of the season at the top of the range.
Tottenham could have qualified for continental competition by winning the Europa League, but they will now have to win the majority of their remaining ten games to have any hope of making the cup.
The Lilywhites will also be big underdogs when they face Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in May, and Mourinho’s position could be called into question before that date if the results fail. not immediately improve.
“I can only apologize to the Tottenham supporters,” added the Portuguese boss on the latest setback for his team. “I hope they feel the same as me.
“Today is live or die and then we die. In other matches I have the same feeling. Until the last day of the season we have to try to do our best . “
Tottenham will now turn their attention to a must-see top-flight game at Aston Villa on Sunday, with the international going into effect thereafter.