‘I went viral for the wrong reasons’ – Mourinho reacts to clip of him running to fourth official

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur grabbed the headlines at the weekend as they secured a momentous 2-0 win over Manchester City in North London.

The current Premier League title holders had the lion’s share of possession and chances throughout the match, but they continued to squander their efforts at goal.

Spurs, on the other hand, carved just a few good chances and buried two of them, with debutant Steven Bergwijn opening the scoring and Heung Min Son adding another.

The game was not without controversy, as VAR was in full flow for a number of decisions, including a Man City penalty, a potential Sterling red card, and a second potential spot-kick for the visitors.

When Hugo Lloris saved Man City’s first penalty, he instantly jumped to his feet and challenged Sterling for the rebound, with the City man claiming for another penalty.

VAR reviewed it and deemed that Lloris did not foul Sterling, but also that it was not a sending off for a dive, as Raheem was already on a yellow.

A clip of Mourinho and Sacramento realising that Sterling had already been booked went viral on social media after the match, and Jose has now reacted to it.

Mourinho said (Football London): “In a funny way, but not in a good way, but I say in a funny way. I think the fact that now is allowed to have the screen in front of us I think is not good for the emotions, for our emotions because we watch and we watch exactly the same as the VAR is watching and by decisions the referees they don’t see it as well as we can.

“That’s because the referees they are on the pitch and as I was saying the other day it is 200mph and very difficult for them and sometimes they don’t see things the same way we do.

“The fact that we have the screens now when we didn’t use to be. In 2004/5 I remember I tried to go with a screen to the bench and I was forbidden by the rules and in this moment now you are allowed. So I don’t think it’s good for the emotions. My reaction was just based on being able to watch everything on the screen so I watched the Dele Alli situation, I watched the penalty, the pretend penalty, I watched everything so that creates emotions but okay I went viral for the wrong reasons.”

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