Jose Mourinho has refuted Roy Keane’s suggestion that he was playing mind games when he suggested that his players were not happy after coming away with a point from Stamford Bridge.
After a hard-fought 0-0 draw between Tottenham and Chelsea, a game where neither side had too many clear-cut chances, Mourinho said that he was delighted to see his players disappointed at their failure to win the game and suggested that it signalled a mentality shift in the squad.
Keane, who was doing punditry work for Sky Sports during their live coverage of the derby on Sunday, insisted that Mourinho was not being honest and that the Tottenham players would have been delighted to come away with a draw.
“This is the same team that finished 6th last year and celebrated on the pitch like they’d won the league!” ?
Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho is ‘playing games’ in his post-match interview…?? pic.twitter.com/LLRmdXfBGv
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 29, 2020
However, Mourinho quashed the former Manchester United midfielder’s claim and insisted that Tottenham went to Stamford Bridge for the three points and that his side would have had more chances on the counter-attack if the home side had committed more players in attack.
When asked about Keane’s statement, the Tottenham boss told The Sun: “No, I respect Roy a lot and I like him a lot. It was an incredible experience to work with him and learn from him and his experiences but this time, I don’t agree with him.
“It’s not true. My players are my witnesses. We came here to win.
“We were ready to punish them if they took the normal risks with the normal dynamics that they have.
“But (Reece) James had two crosses in 90 minutes. (Ben) Chilwell only defended. (N’Golo) Kante was always in front of the two centre-backs.
“They played very well. They played tactically and strategically very well.”
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