José Mourinho says he was “destroyed a little inside” by his team’s lack of fighting against Sheffield United on Thursday. The spurs sank without a trace after a controversial VAR decision robbed them of a goal while their hopes in the Champions League were left in tatters from a 3-1 defeat. They were defeated and defeated by the Blades and Mourinho, who called out his players, was “disturbed” by the performance.
“There has been a lot in the game, there was the possibility of shortening the distances for positions in the Champions League, there was the possibility of being more stable for the fight against positions in the Europa League,” said the manager. “I believed in the evolution of the team and I thought that from a desire point of view, it took longer than us. It is something that disturbs me.
“It’s something I feel, I don’t know, it’s my way of being – it’s something that destroys me a little bit inside because I think the last thing in football is when you have the feeling that you could, you should do it more.
“I always say that it is not a problem for me to lose because my opponent is better, it is not a problem for me to lose because my goalkeeper has made a big mistake, it is not a problem for me to lose because my striker has lost two chances “With an open goal or a boy he missed a penalty at the last minute. It is not a problem for me to face mistakes and defeats. It is a problem when I felt that we could do much more.”
The Spurs have a chance to resurrect their Europa League hopes against Everton on Monday, although Dele Alli is in doubt after suffering a hamstring injury. “Something in training with Dele Alli today,” said Mourinho. “When I say something, it’s because I don’t think it’s great and I don’t really know what it is. The bad thing about a press conference 48 hours before the game is that there is still a session tomorrow, so you won’t know what I know, whether it’s available or not.
“It’s his [Alli’s] hamstring. Which is something he has had problems with in the past, in previous seasons, even earlier this season, and is always something that makes the medical department think.
“We all think it’s nothing important and if you ask me right now I’d say it would be available. But I don’t know.”
Japhet Tanganga has yet to play since the season started again due to a back stress fracture, but is expected to start training next week. Mourinho is wary of his availability in the remaining games, however. “Too long without playing and a major injury,” he added. “I do not believe.” At the end of the last game, two weeks to work and be available for the last game, perhaps. But to play safe, young boy with a very important injury, probably the best thing for him is to return for the next season. “