José Mourinho refused to cancel Tottenham’s hope of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after the defeat of RB Leipzig, insisting that the spirit of his team will give them the opportunity to overcome the selection crisis in attack.
The Spurs could be without Son Heung-min and Harry Kane for the rest of the season, leaving them desperately short of options, and they played without attackers against Leipzig. The German team dominated everything and won the first leg thanks to a penalty from the second half of Timo Werner.
Mourinho, however, thinks that the Spurs are capable of making a comeback when they visit Julian Nagelsmann’s team on March 10th. “1-0 is 1-0,” said manager Spurs. “It’s not 10-0. The result is open. It’s that simple. We would not be the first team to lose 1-0 at home and win the away game. Why shouldn’t we do it? “
Spurs is using Lucas Moura as an improvised striker at the moment and Mourinho has pointed out that Erik Lamela, his only bench attacking player, has arrived despite having been injured by a thigh injury. “Lamela didn’t train once with the team,” he said. “This is the player you have seen playing in the past 20 minutes.
“Lucas e [Steven] Bergwijn, what you saw in the end were two very tired players. They are the only players who have to play the next game on Saturday morning [against Chelsea]. The thing that makes me confident is the spirit, the mentality of my players.
“This is our situation, it’s like going to fight with a gun without bullets,” added Mourinho. “We have an attacking player on the bench who has not trained once and is a winger. We are in a very difficult situation, so I am so proud of the players. What worries me is that this will be the situation until the end of the season. “If this were the situation for the next games, I would say OK. Speaking of the Champions League, the next game against Leipzig, the only thing I can guarantee is that, even if I don’t know who plays in attack, we will go there to fight.” .
Mourinho downplayed Dele Alli angrily throwing a bottle of water and one of his boots onto the ground after being removed in the middle of the second half. “I think he was angry with his performance, not with me,” he said. “I took it off and the team improved.”