‘I did not like my team today’: Jose Mourinho slams his ‘LAZY’ Tottenham flops as they start Premier League season with a home defeat to Everton
Jose Mourinho branded his players ‘lazy’ and blamed their abject opening weekend defeat to Everton on a lack of intensity.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s soaring 55th minute header was enough to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side their first win away to a top six club since December 2013, ending a run of 40 matches.
Everton, for whom new signing James Rodriguez excelled, dominated throughout but Mourinho claimed Tottenham’s disjointed preparations attributed to a wretched performance.
Jose Mourinho was disappointed with Tottenham’s uninspiring opening day performance
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner as Everton beat Spurs 1-0 in their first league game
Mourinho said: ‘That is a consequence of bad fitness, bad pre-season.
‘Some players didn’t even have a pre-season. Some players had a wrong state of mind. I did not like my team today.
‘We did not have the physical condition, we had no intensity. Harry Kane has trained with us once. Moussa Sissoko just twice. For different reasons, players have not been able to train.
The Portuguese manager said his side’s ‘lazy press’ allowed the Toffees to be comfortable
‘We had cases of positive coronavirus tests, we had other players who had to quarantine, other players away with the national team.’
He added: ‘I would say it was lazy pressure and when you have lazy pressure you don’t press, you let opponents build from the back.’
Ancelotti, by contrast, was thrilled saying: ‘Our target is to fight to reach the European positions and we have started well.
‘The problem we had last season was that we were up and down.’
Mourinho suggested some of his players were not fully fit following a shorter pre-season
Mourinho will have been concerned by the players’ seeming lack of fitness as they get set to play three more games in the next nine days, starting with a Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday.
When asked how Mourinho can help his players bounce back from the defeat, the 57-year-old replied: ‘Being honest with them, telling them things I cannot say to you but I can say to them. On Thursday we have a knockout game so there is not much time to cry or to complain.’
After an uninspiring first half, Mourinho substituted Dele Alli for Sissoko in a bid to combat the Toffees’ new-look midfield of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez, a change Mourinho confirmed was tactical.