‘I didn’t like my team’ – Mourinho hits out at the referee and his own players after loss

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho was far from a happy figure in his post-match press conference this evening following the 1-0 home defeat to Everton in the opening match of the season.

Tottenham conceded to a set-piece header in the second half when left-back Digne whipped in a beautiful cross onto the rising head of Calvert-Lewin.

However, Mourinho was left displeased by the decision of the referee to allow Everton to take the free-kick beyond where the foul was committed, in his opinion. In fact, the Spurs head coach claimed that it was as far as a five-metre difference.

After going 1-0 down, the Lilywhites did very little to get themselves back into the match, with Jordan Pickford saving chances from Dele Alli and Matt Doherty.

As well as criticising the officials, Mourinho also laid into his players after the game, claiming that they were poor and he expected more from them both individually and as a team.

Mourinho said (Football London): “It was a difficult pre-season and I couldn’t expect them to be sharp and agile but I was expecting more from them individually and as a team.

“I didn’t like my team. I didn’t like that so many referees on the touchline allow a free-kick to be taken five metres ahead of where it should be. That creates a different opportunity. I can complain now because I was complaining after the goal.

“In the second half, we were poor after the goal. We weren’t physically strong and lacked in intensity.”

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