“The result is 1-0, not 10-1”: Jose Mourinho insists that Tottenham can reverse the defeat of RB Leipzig
“The result is 1-0, not 10-1 – it’s open”: Jose Mourinho praises Tottenham’s performance in defeat by RB Leipzig and insists that they can reverse a deficit of one goal in Germany
- Tottenham lost Wednesday evening 1-0 to RB Leipzig in the Champions League
- Timo Werner won a well deserved victory for him from the penalty area
- Jose Mourinho says he was proud of the performance of his injured side
- He insists that they can get the job done in Germany and reach the quarterfinals
Jose Mourinho insisted that he be “really, very proud” of his injured side and vowed Tottenham would “fight to the end” after being defeated 1-0 by RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League final- 16 collision as the last night.
Spurs face a tough battle to reach the quarter-finals after Timo Werner’s penalty sealed a well-deserved victory for the German side in North London.
It could have been worse for the home team if Hugo Lloris hadn’t made a few crucial saves to keep them the same.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side can turn things around after a first defeat against RB Leipzig
Spurs had few attack options after injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with Mourinho claiming that some of his players were ‘completely dead’ at the end.
He said that Spurs “went to fight with a gun without bullets” and compared his side with Barcelona without Lionel Messi, Luiz Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
‘The result is 1-0, not 10-1 – the result is open, it’s that simple. We would not be the first team to lose the first game at home and win the draw, “he said.
“What I love is the spirit, the mentality of my players – they are not just players, especially what they are like boys … a fantastic group of players.”
Timo Werner’s (middle) point kick saw the German club claim a deserved win in London
Mourinho added: “I am so, so proud of players, what worries me is that this is the situation for the rest of the season … talking about the next match against Leipzig, one thing I can guarantee, because this is the mentality of my players – even if I don’t know who will attack – we will fight. “
Werner scored the winner – a crucial goal for the visitors – after Ben Davies attacked Konrad Laimer in the area.
Lucas Moura missed a late header opportunity, while Giovani Lo Celso saw a free kick on the post when Spurs insisted on an equalizer.
But a draw would have flattered the home team. Dele Alli was visibly frustrated after being evicted halfway through the second half.
Mourinho says he was “really, very proud” of the performance of his injured side
The English international angrily threw a bottle of water and his boots on the floor.
“I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,” Mourinho said. “I think the team got better (after being eliminated).”
Captain Hugo Lloris added, “It’s not the best result, but we have to live with that and keep our chin up and we’re still in it.”
He said to BT Sport: “With all the circumstances against us in recent weeks and months, we must remain positive. It is not time to give up or apologize, but to be ready to fight until the end … we are not really happy with the result, but have to deal with it. We did it last season so let’s hope with our fans. let’s try to make another story. “