Mourinho reveals why Spurs threw away 3-0 lead but refuses to blame Sanchez

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur looked as though they were going to romp to victory in back to back games today following their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

However, despite going 3-0 at home against West Ham this evening, the Lilywhites managed to blow the lead with just seconds left on the clock.

After eight minutes, it was the Kane and Son show once again, with Kane setting up the South Korean for the opener and vice versa for the second.

Sergio Reguilon turned provider inside 16 minutes when he clipped in a beautiful cross for Kane to head home for his second and Tottenham’s third.

However, the second-half performance was a different beast entirely, as Tottenham lost their bite, desire, and drive, sinking back deeper and deeper into their own half.

A Balbuena goal from a set-piece put the pressure on, before a series of defensive mistakes ended up in a Sanchez own goal just minutes later. Laznini put the cherry on top for the Hammers with his thunderbolt strike with just seconds left on the clock.

Reacting to the result, Mourinho said (Football London): “I think you can imagine how frustrated I am and how frustrated the players are. That’s football. Unfortunately, it’s football in a negative way for us and a good way for them. It’s easier to praise them rather than criticise us. It’s better for me to speak to my players. They had incredible belief but before their first goal they didn’t have that belief. We were not good enough or strong enough to cope with that last 10 minutes.”

“The game was intense and we didn’t control it before the end. I don’t think we believed that could happen and we were punished.”

On Davinson Sanchez and the own goal, he added: “Complacency I don’t think so. Davinson was playing a positive game and scored an own goal which is football, but I don’t think I can find that [complacency].”

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  1. Sanchez, the most unbalanced footballer I’ve ever seen. Decision making non existent and treats the ball like a hot potato. Struggles playing on the right side of centre, a total disaster on the left. Exactly why he stuck his head on the cross instead of his left instep. Him and his mate Aurier cannot stop giving cheap free kicks away. Please keep these two perpetual nightmares on the bench and keep Doherty and Rodon in.


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