Spurs chances of qualifying for next seasons Champions League took a major blow today, Jose Mourinho’s side beaten 3-2 at home by fellow top four hopefuls Wolves.
The north London outfit got off to the perfect start after 13 minutes when January signing Steven Bergwijn fired home from close range.
Despite playing in the Europa League on Thursday evening, Wolves showed no signs of fatigue and struck back through Matt Doherty, the Irish wing-back finishing well with his weaker left foot.
Spurs would regain the lead on the stroke of half-time through an unlikely source, much maligned full-back Serge Aurier cutting inside and finishing smartly with his left foot.
Wolves’ hugely impressive strike duo of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez would come to the fore in the second period though and seal the win for the Nuno Espirito Santo’s side – Jota tapping home a Doherty cross, before the Portuguese attacker turned provider, playing through Jiminez who finished with real class.
Speaking afterwards Mourinho was adamant Spurs had not deserved to lose the game, although he conceded that once again defensive mistakes had cost his side.
“It was a great game. My team didn’t deserve to lose at all. Is difficult to find a reason to lose the game, apart from a couple of individual mistakes. The team was good, they were in control,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“In the beginning of the game we were surperb, [Wolves] were really in trouble I would say. They gave everything and of course in the last period of the game they know what we cannot do, and then they just compact with everybody in the box and that is obviously the most difficult thing for us in this moment.
“It’s really, really frustrating and I’m sad obviously but I am more sad for the players. Good individual efforts, collective as well. We score two goals, create more chances, arrive in very dangerous positions. But according to our difficulties, I think the team didn’t deserve to lose at all.
“You are 2-2 and you have the dominance of the game and they can only hurt you on the counter-attack, you have to be ruthless in these situations. Football is about points and who scores wins, but I think very unfair for my team to lose.”