| 9.5°C Dublin

Spurs shocker WATCH: Jose Mourinho offers apology for Tottenham's Euro shame as he rips into his flops

Close

Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Jurij Kodrun/Getty Images)

In eight brutally honest and unforgiving minutes, Jose Mourinho may have given one of his final interviews as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

After watching his players turn in a limp and uninspired performance as they surrendered a 2-0 first leg lead to crumble to a humiliating 3-2 aggregate defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, Mourinho didn't try to hold back and he ripped into his failing stars.

Amid mounting speculation that his days as Spurs manager may now be numbered, Mourinho accused his players of lacking the heart to compete as he appeared to be embarrassed to be associated with their performance.

Mourinho's side could not take advantage of the disruption in the Zagreb camp though and he was left concerned by their attitude for a second successive game, having also questioned their desire in Sunday's north London derby defeat to Arsenal.

In a cryptic answer, he said: "Of course it concerns me. Of course it concerns me. We worked very hard, we tried to provide the best conditions for the players to perform. Of course it concerns me.

"My position as a head coach is the position that stops me, or at least makes me uncomfortable to come in front of the cameras and go deep in analysis. I hope you can understand that.

"I believe all of us have to be humble enough to accept any criticism that you can make of our work. It is not for me to go on that.

"They played with a lot of desire that I can call it also professionalism, because for me professionalism starts exactly in the attitude. To be a professional you must have attitude every day and in every minute of every game.

"Then more talent, less talent makes a difference between players but what is never negotiable is attitude and they beat us on attitude."

In an interview broadcast in Ireland on Virgin Media Sport he stated: "To say I am sad is not enough. What I feel goes much further than sadness.

"I just left the Dinamo dressing room where I went to praise their guys and feel sorry that one team that is not my team won the game based on attitude and compromised so I feel more than sad. That's it.

"Football is not just about players who think they have more talent than others. I believe the players only realised the game was in risk when they scored the second and it went to extra time.

"If I forget the last 10 minutes of extra time where we did something to get a different result and go through, in the 90 minutes and in the first half of extra time was one team that decided to leave everything on the pitch, they left everything there, sweat, energy, blood.

"At the end of the game even left tears of happiness. And I have to praise them.

"My team, I repeat, my team, I am there, that didn't look like they were playing an important match."

Bookies instantly slashed their odds on Mourinho becoming the next Premier League manager to lose his job, but Spurs would be a facing a bill of around £30million if they sack him now as his contract still has more than two years left to run.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Top Videos





Privacy