Spurs were in control at 2-1 up, a first half Harry Kane brace saw them in good stead for the majority of the second half before an 85th minute equaliser, from Arsenal loanee Joe Willock no less, meant the spoils were shared at St James Park.
It was a case of two points dropped rather than one gained for Tottenham, who could have taken Chelsea’s place in fourth spot with a win. They now sit just outside in fifth, two points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Jose Mourinho has never been reserved when it comes to public criticism of his own players, and it was a case of more of the same following the full-time whistle.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Mourinho was asked why his Tottenham team have dropped so many points from winning positions, not a characteristic commonly associated with Mourinho sides.
Good heavens. 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/lLqPV4oeaM
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2021
The Portuguese coach responded bullishly, claiming: “Same coach, different players.”
The comment quickly sparked debate on social media, with former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker seemingly bemused by Jose’s attempts at berating his players in full view of the media.
Mourinho doubled down on his criticism, when asked if he was able to get more out of some of Tottenham’s underperforming stars, he replied: “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.”
Tottenham’s next taste of Premier League action will be key in their bid to secure top four, as they welcome Mourinho’s former side Manchester United to North London.