Date published: Sunday 18th October 2020 7:33
Jose Mourinho diverted the attention to West Ham’s comeback rather than Tottenham’s collapse after their 3-3 draw.
Tottenham took a three-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes, as they picked up from where they left off before the international break.
But even with the introduction of Gareth Bale, they could not hold on for the win, as West Ham grabbed three goals in the last 10 minutes – including a stunning equaliser from Manuel Lanzini – to snatch a draw.
It will surely leave Mourinho with a lot to assess, but in the immediate aftermath, he was simply full of praise for his opponent.
He told Sky Sports: “Football. Of course I have to analyse the second half and have to do it internally, but for you I prefer to say football happened, and praise West Ham’s belief.
“It is not easy to be losing 3-0 and be dominated, to keep the belief. I knew they are a different team to last season, but to lose an advantage of three goals is a big punishment and eventually deserved.
“I found already by analysing from touchline, some things are completely out of the context, once more an indirect free-kick, the own goal, the third is a free-kick and second ball, a rebound.
“The game was under control, we had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, Gareth Bale to kill the game. The game was more to the fourth goal, but that’s football.”
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Mourinho admits psychological struggles
Reflecting more on their own performance, Mourinho admitted that Spurs struggled psychologically once West Ham had restored their belief.
He added: “Not deliberately, but the team was dropping, with (Harry) Winks we found balance again and was in control. It was exactly when we were in control that we conceded the first and their belief went up.
“My guys were not strong enough to cope with it psychologically. The last few seconds we lost two points.
“I told them to be aware of set-pieces against, which we knew they were very strong. David (Moyes) found in (Tomas) Soucek his new (Marouane) Fellaini. They fought very hard to be lucky, so I praise them.
“This is a game that was in the pocket and we lost two points.”