‘Same coach, different players’ – Mourinho sends dig to Spurs defenders

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho aimed a dig at his Tottenham players this afternoon after the Lilywhites were held to a 2-2 draw away at Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Spurs had the chance to break into the top four with a win after Chelsea were defeated by West Brom earlier this weekend, but Mourinho’s men failed to take it.

Back-to-back failed clearances from Tanganga and Sanchez led to a first-half opening for the Magpies, which they dispatched rather easily to take the lead.

Tottenham bit back quickly after going behind, with Kane equalising a minute later and then putting Spurs into the lead soon after with a quick-fire brace.

Unfortunately for the Spurs faithful, the side once again failed to see out a victory, both missing chances in the attacking third and giving away opportunities in their own box.

Newcastle equalised with minutes left on the clock and Tottenham were left well short of their top-four pursuit.

When talking to the BBC Radio Five Live after the game (04/04/21 at 16:27 at relayed by The Mirror), Jose was asked why Spurs were struggling to hold onto leads when Mourinho has been so good at it in the past.

He replied: “Same coach, different players.”

Mourinho added: “I am frustrated. We needed to win the match and we came to win.

“We were not far from winning it but, at the same time, we created some instability on the game with so many individual defensive mistakes that we made.

“We always gave Newcastle a chance to be in the game.

“Of course, we had the biggest chance of the game to make it 3-1 and kill it, then we concede a game the next minute.

“We work well, we work hard.

“But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.

“Looking at the second goal, it’s easy to understand because there’s three different moments – the cross, the ball at the far post where they won it, and then the ball in the face of the goal where our two centre-backs were in position. You can analyse it easily.”

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