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Spurs slump Critics point an accusing finger at Jose Mourinho as feeble Spurs lose against Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho under huge pressure at Tottenham. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho under huge pressure at Tottenham. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho under huge pressure at Tottenham. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

There was a moment in this season when Jose Mourinho dared to believe he was about to get back in the mix to win the Premier League title with Tottenham, but now there have to be genuine doubts over whether he will see out the season after his side's latest home defeat against Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel continued his impressive start to life as Chelsea manager with a 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Jorginho’s first-half penalty was enough to settle the London derby and inflict a third successive Premier League defeat on Spurs for the first time since November 2012 when Andre Villas-Boas was manager.

Yet it was not just the final score line that left huge question marks over Mourinho's future at Spurs, as the limp manner of his team's performance suggested his players are not eager to fight the battle he is promoting.

It seems a long time ago that Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Anfield on top of the league in mid-December, but five defeats from the following nine games has left their league campaign in disarray and Champions League qualification is looking like a pipe dream even in this most unpredictable of seasons.

Yet despite their latest woeful performance, Mourinho tried to offer up some words of comfort at the final whistle, as he must now suspect the methods that have served him so well as a manager for so long are no longer working.

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Eric Dier’s foul on Timo Werner in the area resulted in a penalty for Chelsea (Clive Rose/PA)

Eric Dier’s foul on Timo Werner in the area resulted in a penalty for Chelsea (Clive Rose/PA)

Eric Dier’s foul on Timo Werner in the area resulted in a penalty for Chelsea (Clive Rose/PA)

"It was a bit of a struggle but how many chances did they have?" he asked, in an interview with BT Sport.

"We didn't have the ball, correct, we didn't create in the first half, correct. But the struggle was the penalty. In the end a penalty decides the game.

"In the end they score a penalty which is not a penalty that you say is a dangerous situation, one on one, almost scoring. It's a penalty that is difficult to accept and to lose the game like this is a bit painful.

"But in the second half we were different and Lucas (Moura) and (Erik) Lamela helped to change the dynamic. The feeling I have is that we kept together until the end. To finish with a positive spirit helps.

"When a team is in a difficult game against Chelsea, you concede that penalty and are affected by it. By the end of the first half I saw a team that was struggling but it was totally the opposite in the second half.

"We miss a lot of important players but the spirit in the second half is untouchable.

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"We don't like it (the form) but the way we finished the game gives me positive feelings. It is not that that stops the defensive mistakes but it gives us a difficult smile on the face and to stick together and go tomorrow.

"Hopefully next week Harry Kane will be back but not any of the others. We play Sunday against West Brom and they need points as much as us for different reasons."

Mourinho's upbeat assessment was not shared by BT Sport analyst Rio Ferdinand, who suggested Tottenham's performance was 'worrying'.

"That Tottenham team and Jose, they’re lucky there are no fans in that stadium. They’d have been booed off," Ferdinand said.

"They were poor. There was no shape, zero press on the ball. Chelsea, it’s like a testimonial for them.

"They are probably thinking, how are we actually sitting here getting no pressure on the ball?

"There’s no method, I’m not seeing any patterns of play in this game. It just seems like a team that doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing when they’ve got the ball.

"There was no personality. When Kane doesn't play, the confidence is drained out of this team. It doesn't seem to be happening. It's worrying for me."

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Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea embraces Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur following the match. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea embraces Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur following the match. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea embraces Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur following the match. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham's misery was contrasted by an encouraging performance from Chelsea, with head coach Thomas Tuchel saluting his players.

"We are super happy about the result. It was a tough game against a strong opponent but we did very well and controlled the game well," said Tuchel.

"It was a good first half. In the second half we lost more of the possession and the distances in the passing were too long,

"If you play against a quality team you have to accept there are moments you have to suffer. We defended very actively and brave. We were looking for a second goal desperately as that would have killed the game.

"I'm happy with the spirit and the attitude in defending. A very solid team performance and a deserved win.

"It's not about my methods. I'm happy with the attitude, the squad, the potential. They are fine guys, it's a nice group and they are open. It's a pleasure to be around them. We have a lot of support in the whole club. It was a quick start but an easy one because I feel very welcome."

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