Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho says his players did the exact opposite of what he told them at halftime as they played out a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday in a Premier League clash.
Harry Kane scored the opening goal in the 23rd minute as Tottenham looked on course for a fifth away win of the season in the Premier League, but Palace dominated for much of the second half.
Jeffrey Schlupp equalised after a spill by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 81st minute before Tottenham finished strongly, only to be denied victory by a string of saves from home keeper Vicente Guaita.
While Tottenham stretched their unbeaten league run to 11 games, a win would have cemented their place at the top.
“I told the players at halftime the exact opposite of what we did in the second half but that’s because of what they couldn’t do,” said Mourinho.
“If I look to the last 10 minutes of the game, (it’s two points dropped), if I look at the first 45 minutes, yes, but from 45 to 75 minutes we couldn’t play or build from the back and we made lots of mistakes.
“A team like them, they can create and fight in the box. If I split the game into three parts – we lost two points.”
Mourinho refused to blame Lloris for Schlupp’s equaliser after the Frenchman could only parry out Eberechi Eze’s inswinging free kick.
“My goalkeeper is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, the best in the Premier League period. If I have to blame anyone, it’s the team,” the Portuguese coach said.
Mourinho also explained why Gareth Bale was not on the bench, saying the Wales forward was ill, but “not Covid”.
“He should be back for Wednesday (at Liverpool),” he said.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson said his side had deserved the point that keeps them in mid-table.
“I thought the performance throughout was very good, even in the first half when we came in at one down,” he said.
“It looked for long spells that our pressure and taking the game to Tottenham might not pay off so when we got it I felt it was a reward for the effort the players put in.”
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By FARPost Reporter