Jose Mourinho disappointed with Tottenham failure to ‘kill’ Fulham
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has been extremely frustrated after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham and missing the opportunity to climb to third in the Premier League.
Spurs took the lead midway through the first half as Harry Kane returned home to a magnificent cross from Sergio Reguilon, but a sloppy finish (and a fantastic performance from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) kept the visitors in life.
Spurs ‘debauchery was belatedly punished as Ivan Cavaleiro responded with a header of his own, and Mourinho was left to answer questions about Spurs’ inability to push and see another opponent.
“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said of Spurs’ performance (via football.london).
“Not good enough because I think we need to play better and more consistently, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo on a very quiet night.
Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.
“I understand that in the first half we had a chance to kill the game. Some of them are the responsibility of Areola. In the second half we had the greatest chance to kill the game, but when you don’t you can’t concede goals like that. we did it.
“It’s basically the same story since the start of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes we can talk about it, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you come back to the goals we concede and what n it’s not so easy to assimilate.
“I think there are things [to do with the goals Spurs have conceded] which must be with the characteristics of the players. There are also difficult things. There are some things they have to do with organizing the team, but other things they have to do with individual skills, individual abilities, and it’s that simple. “
It was a performance that also left midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg frustrated, with the Dane questioning Spurs’ lack of courage once again.
“Very disappointing,” Hojbjerg said (via the Daily Mail). “We have to do better in certain aspects of the game. More courage, more focus in terms of organizing the team and being strong as a team.
“It doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is compact, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are a lot of details to be done. better.
“I’m happy that there is still a game in three days so that we can show a reaction, show that we are better than that. We are ready to go, and of course heads are high.
“There is a long way to go. We are still very ambitious. We are still very strong and very hungry as a team. We will continue.”
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