Jose Mourinho admitted his side had nobody but themselves to blame for today’s 2-0 defeat to London rivals Chelsea.
Despite coming into the game in poor form, Chelsea looked sharp right from the off and deservedly took the lead on 13 minutes when Brazilian attacker Willian cut in from the left and finished expertly into the far corner.
Harry Kane missed a good chance to draw the scores level, but all in all, Chelsea dominated the opening period and would be handed the chance to double their lead after Spurs ‘keeper Paulo Gazzaniga completely missed the ball after attempting an acrobatic clearance and clattered into Blues defender Marcos Alonso.
Man of the Match Willian made no mistake from the spot, slotting home confidently into the bottom corner, and Lampard’s men went in at the break full value for their two-goal lead.
Spurs boss Mourinho attempted to match Chelsea’s system, changing to three at the back at half-time, but any chance the home side had of staging a comeback seemed to fade away on 64 minutes when Heung Min Son was sent off for a petulant kick out at Antonio Rudiger.
Speaking afterwards Mourinho admitted his side paid the price for some sloppy first-half defending.
“I think in the first half they were the best team but it is one thing is to arrive at half-time losing 1-0 and another to be losing 2-0,” former Chelsea boss Mourinho told Sky Sports.
”We have to blame ourselves for both goals. We didn’t defend a short corner and the second is a penalty.
“The second half was much better and then we had one player less so it was very difficult.
”In spite of that we had a reaction, in spite of that we had pride, in spite of that we searched for a goal which could change the state of the game. But it was not possible.”
Today’s defeat sees Spurs slip six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and marks a significant blow to their attempts to secure Champions League football next season.