Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told the club’s official website that he remained silent in the dressing room, after watching his team collapse yesterday.
Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead against West Ham and then held their advantage until the 83rd minute, when Fabian Balbuena scored.
Even at that point Tottenham were still expected to cruise to the three points.
However, an own goal from Davinson Sanchez set nerves jangling and then a rocket from Manuel Lanzini completed West Ham’s comeback.
Mourinho surely would have been fuming at his players’ capitulation.
But he insists that he stayed calm in the dressing room, and will speak to his Tottenham players about the result tomorrow.
“In this moment I say nothing,” he said. “I don’t like to speak with the players after matches, especially when bad things happen. I don’t like to analyse or discuss. I prefer them to go home and we’ll speak tomorrow.”
If Mourinho’s side had taken the three points they would have moved up to second in the Premier League table, but their defensive venerability ended up costing them.
Spurs are now in sixth spot, and despite the positives, they will be hugely frustrated not to have collected more than eight points from their first five games.
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