‘Need to do better’ – Mourinho reveals why he was unhappy with 0-0 against Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho admitted in his post-match interview this evening that both he and his players were unhappy with the result at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs and Chelsea played out a rather uneventful 0-0 draw in the London Derby, with few clear cut chances falling to either side across the 94 minutes.

Mourinho assured Spurs fans and the media that he came to his old stomping ground to win the game and not to merely pick up a point.

This point, however, was enough to take Tottenham back to the summit of the Premier League, edging out Liverpool on goal difference.

Jose added that Chelsea were good defensively and did not take risks, while claiming that Tottenham need to do better in the future, with a North London Derby against Arsenal on the horizon.

Both Spurs and Chelsea had late chances to win the game in stoppage time, with Lo Celso and Giroud failing to take advantage of their subsequent openings.

Mourinho said (Football London): “I share with my players this mentality that we have [not happy]. We are totally on the same side. We came here to win and we didn’t. We didn’t because the opponents was defensively very good, they didn’t take risks. They were very solid and didn’t put many players in attack like they normally do. We also need to do better.

“We wanted to win. I promise you that but it wasn’t an easy match for us. I don’t remember as a manager here or for Chelsea that the visiting goalkeeper only have to make one save, and it was a great save from Hugo.”

On Chelsea being defensive, he added: “I think it’s normal. Football is strategic. Clubs, like I have, have good coaching staff and analysts. Like I told my players that we had a chance to go five points ahead of Chelsea so they would not have wanted that.

“They respected us and I believe that, and I don’t like the word fear at this level, I think the word is responsibility. I think the responsibility of ‘I want to win this match but I also don’t want to lose this match’. With the clock ticking to minute 85 that’s understandable. They are one of the big contenders.”

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