Jose Mourinho: “I was rude with an idiot.”
Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho said he was “rude with an idiot” after admitting he “clearly deserved” the yellow card he was shown in his side’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
Shortly after Harry Kane had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half, Mourinho appeared to argue with someone on the Southampton’s bench. The manager seemed to be looking at a piece of paper at the counterparts’ bench.
Immediately, Mourinho was shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean. He later on “accepted” the warning card after arguing with the goalkeeping coach, Andrew Sparkes over what is understood to be an annoyance at time-wasting tactics.
“I was rude but with an idiot, I clearly deserved the yellow card. I had bad words with the guy.” Said Mourinho after his side fell six points behind Chelsea in the League table.
“There was, of course, a reason for it. I will not tell you but for some reason, I had that reaction.”
Southampton manager, Ralph Hassenhuttl had his say on Mourinho’s reaction. He said, “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager-he did so much for football.”
Thereafter, Kane was forced off with a hamstring injury. Erik Lamela replaced the England captain in the 75th minute.
“Harry plays every minute, he plays all the time. It might be big, it might be small. For sure, he will be out.” Said Mourinho.
Tanguy Ndombele was also forced off with an injury in the first half. Giovani lo Celso replaced him.
“Tanguy Ndombele, I don’t know. I imagine this is the 10th injury of the season. They stop him to play, it doesn’t give him continuity. We had three days between matches. Once more, he is out again.”
“Not looking to be kings of the market.”
Mourinho says his side is “not looking to be the kings of the market” after the transfer window opened on January 1st.
“We need time to work. we need what we are not having and we need to focus on what we have.”
“We see the bad results which are the continuity of the last year. For 12 months, it has been very difficult to get results away from home. The work is not about buying, it is about working with the players on the pitch.”
“It is something that is very difficult for us because we have no time to do it.”