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Jose Mourinho hits out at Tottenham players after their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United. Spurs were denied victory late on Sunday. Harry Kane’s brace had the north London outfit on course for three points. But Joe Willock, who is on loan from Arsenal, scored an equaliser with five minutes to play.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mourinho said: “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.”
Asked about his record for managing teams known to be good at holding on to leads, Mourinho added: “Same coach, different players.”
Asked whether there is more work to do on the training ground Mourinho said: “I don’t think so. 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.”
Moreover, he talked about Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier: “Not selected. They came to training just yesterday. They were fit but they reported for training just yesterday and they didn’t make their Covid tests in time to be in training on Thursday. Did we lose matches with them though?”
Spurs return to action against second-placed Manchester United next Sunday (4.30pm).