Tottenham lost Saturday on the field of the Citizens (0-3), 72 hours after another defeat, in overtime against Everton (4-5) in the FA Cup. An incomprehensible schedule for the “Special One”.
In difficulty since the end of January, Tottenham could not do anything against the Manchester City steamroller on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium (0-3). But, at a press conference, it was the schedule that was in José Mourinho’s viewfinder.
“This week was very special. We played Wednesday and Saturday. I don’t understand why, if I’m not mistaken, Manchester City don’t play Tuesday or Wednesday in the Champions League. We play Thursday in the Europa League. Why a- Did we play Saturday instead of Sunday? “, fulminated the” Special One “.
72 hours earlier, Tottenham had lost after extra time in the FA Cup on the ground of Everton after a crazy match (4-5). Two hours of play that weighed on Saturday according to the Portuguese coach.
“It was a fresh team against a very tired team. We started well, controlled the game. We hit the post (on a free kick from Kane) and we could have led 1-0 to have the energy he we needed when the players are so tired, ”said Mourinho.
Mourinho annoyed by “modern penalties”
After having dressed for the winter those responsible for the calendar of his team, the Spurs coach turned to another of his usual targets: refereeing. “We still had one of those ‘modern penalties’ which put us in this difficult situation.”
In the 23rd minute, Mr. Tierney sanctioned Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for a contentious intervention on Ilkay Gundogan, confirmed after consulting the VAR. Rodri transformed the penalty before the German midfielder scored twice (50th, 66th).
“I am very happy with the attitude of the players, some had played two hours on Wednesday. I have nothing to say against my players, or even on these defensive mistakes that we make every time,” pleaded Mourinho.
The pressure is starting to mount little by little on the shoulders of the Portuguese, whose team have conceded a fourth defeat in the last five Premier League games and skated in ninth place, four points off the top 4.