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Jose Mourinho cites “mentality mistakes” as reason for Tottenham’s 3-2 loss to Wolves

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Jose Mourinho explains reason behind Tottenham’s 3-2 loss to Wolves

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had to deal with some tough questions after the 3-2 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Spurs led the game twice but conceded two goals in the second half to succumb to another defeat. The loss has left Spurs five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Wolves also jumped above Spurs on the table and were full value for the win.

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Tottenham did pile on the pressure in the final minutes of the match in search of an equaliser, but it wasn’t meant to be. Mourinho was speaking after the game and didn’t believe we deserved to lose the clash (h/t BBC):

“I think unfair. The players didn’t deserve the defeat. We were punished by, I would say, mentality mistakes. You have to be ruthless against teams like Wolves that plays fantastically well on the counter-attack.”

The manager also claimed that the front three worked well and we got into some dangerous positions, but things didn’t work out.

Dier over Alderweireld

Another surprising decision was seeing Eric Dier start in the heart of the defence. Toby Alderweireld was left out while Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez partnered the Englishman. The trio was worked hard throughout the game by the Wolves front three but they were at fault for a couple of goals.

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Mourinho was asked about this change and actually praised Dier for his performance:

“I think Eric Dier played very, very well, so when the player you bring in as a replacement plays very, very well the question could be why did you play Dier and not why did you leave out Toby and Jan.”

Mourinho went on to say that Dier allowed them to play the ball out from the back while the other two defenders were the fastest options.

“I thought they did very well apart from the goals, which are collective responsibility, not individual responsibility.”

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