Mourinho blames soft penalty and tiredness for Man City loss – ‘Nothing to say against my players’


Jose Mourinho revealed in his post-match interview with Sky Sports that he could not say a bad word against his Spurs players despite losing 3-0 to Man City.

The Tottenham head coach instead pointed towards a soft penalty and fatigue after his team played 120 minutes against Everton in the FA Cup in mid-week.

Spurs went 1-0 down to a spot-kick in the first half after defending pretty well at the Etihad, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg giving away his second penalty in two games.

Hugo Lloris got a strong hand to it but failed to keep out Rodri’s shot, sending Spurs in 1-0 down at the break.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same in the second 45 as Spurs struggled to create chances, while also finding it hard to put a halt to the Gundogan show.

The Man City midfielder added two more goals to his season tally throughout the second half, sending Spurs home with zero points and a 3-0 defeat.

Mourinho told Sky Sports 13/02/21 at 19:30 (as relayed by Dan Kilpatrick): “A modern penalty.

“A penalty that even if you touch with a nail inside the box, can be a penalty. Of course, depends on the opponent. But some you touch with the nail is a penalty. You go to VAR & VAR cannot deny there’s a touch.”

On fatigue, he added: “A fresh team against a very tired team.

“Great attitude, great dignity… I have nothing to say against my players. Not even [about] a couple of defensive mistakes that are always present.”

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