Mourinho reveals what half-time mood was like for Spurs amidst reports of Aurier walkout

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that the mood inside the Tottenham changing room at half-time last night was quite negative, with the players disappointed to be 1-0 down at the break.

Tottenham gave a decent account of themselves in the first 20 minutes of the match and even had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside call.

It seemed as if Mourinho’s decision to go with a back three was working as the home side looked quite dangerous going forward.

However, things deteriorated quickly at the end of the first-half, with Harry Kane picking up an injury which forced him to come off at the interval.

Liverpool took the lead just before the half-time whistle owing to a defensive lapse from Spurs, with Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier failing to communicate and cut out a pass which Roberto Firmino tapped into an empty net.

Mourinho made two changes at half-time bringing on Erik Lamela and Harry Winks for Serge Aurier and the injured Kane.

Reports indicate that Aurier was not too pleased with being taken off and left the stadium at half-time instead of taking his place on the bench.

When asked about the mood inside the changing room at half-time, Mourinho told Football.London: “It’s the mood of a team that it’s difficult to accept you’re losing and it’s difficult to accept the nature of the goal because it’s in some aspects a replica of the occasion in the first minute that they had.

“So of course it’s a mood where people are not happy. But then we have to move and Harry injured and we need to try to do something. Unlucky in the second half that we start by conceding a goal immediately.”

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I did not think that our first-half performance was too bad as we defended resolutely for the most part. However, we were shocking in the second half as we looked a shambles at the back while also not offering anything going forward. Mourinho has to take a large part of the blame as his substitutions certainly did not work.

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