Premier League news - Jose Mourinho: I told my Spurs players not to sit back
A weary Jose Mourinho criticised his players for not following his instructions as they drew 1-1 against Wolves on Sunday night. Spurs took the lead in the very opening stages of the game through Tanguy Ndombele only to concede a last-minute equaliser to Wolves player Roman Saiss.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on December 27, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. The match will be pl
"I don't know if we deserved more than a point,” he said. “We had the best thing that can happen to a team which is to score in the first minute. We had control of the game and conceded from a corner. We had 89 minutes to score more goals and we didn't.
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"It is very disappointing, it is like against Liverpool where you control dangerous players for 90 minutes and concede from a set-piece.”
Spurs sat back in the second half as the pressure grew and Mourinho commented that he had not wanted that from his players.
"Tanguy Ndombele had a good game when he had energy. I didn't want us to sit deep, I put Bergwijn on for Reguilon, a fresh Lamela for a tired Son,” he said.
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"Defending deep, that's not the intention. They know what I asked them at half-time, if they couldn't do better it's because they couldn't do better.”
He also claimed that his side did not have the ambition to chase a second goal, which could have been decisive.
"I know the way I prepare the team, I know all that and don't want to say much more than that. We didn't have that ambition or desire to go for more.