Jose Mourinho admitted in his post-match press conference that Tottenham did not play a low-block by design against Crystal Palace in the second half today.
Spurs took the lead in the first 45 at Selhurst Park, with Harry Kane smashing home from 25 yards thanks to a Guaita howler between the sticks.
However, the Lilywhites surrendered all initiative in the second half, allowing Palace to dominate the ball and the pressure until they finally equaliser.
Eze’s dangerous cross into the box proved too hot for Hugo Lloris and Schlupp was on hand to tap home the goal that made it 1-1 with ten minutes to go.
Ben Davies’ looped cross crashed against the crossbar late on and both Harry Kane and Eric Dier saw efforts superbly saved by Guaita, but the scoreline finished level.
Mourinho revealed in his post-match interview that Spurs were simply pegged back by the home side and that he could either look at it as two points dropped or one gained.
He said (Football London): “We can look at it in two different perspectives. We had one more point than three hours ago but at the same time, you play to win three points. If I look to the game I would split the first half where the feeling is we have to win it, so we lost two points but then comes 30 minutes in the second half where they deserved to get the equaliser and you accept it because it’s fair. Then in the last 15 minutes, we could have won it.
“I want to admit that they couldn’t [try for the second goal]. They didn’t have that capacity. Some of my build-up players didn’t have the accuracy. It’s not that we didn’t, it’s because we couldn’t.”
Mourinho insistent that the plan was not to play with a low block in the second half but that #THFC were pinned back by Palace and couldn’t get out.
— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) December 13, 2020
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