Jose Mourinho called Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Southampton ‘harsh’, despite his side creating very few discernible chances against the Saints.
Southampton opened the scoring after just 17 minutes after Danny Ings demanded the ball be played into the channel, and defender Jack Stephens duly obliged. Ings then dinked the ball over the head of Toby Alderweireld before tucking it past the helpless Paulo Gazzaniga in the Spurs goal to score what would turn out to be the winner.
It was a seriously below-par performance from Jose Mourinho‘s side, though they thought they had bagged themselves an undeserved equaliser when Harry Kane stabbed the ball home from a free-kick, though his close-range effort was flagged for offside, and after VAR had completed their usual excessively long check, the offside decision was upheld.
To make matters worse, the England international was immediately forced to withdraw from the game with what looked like a hamstring injury on what was an all-round disappointing afternoon on the South Coast, Spurs failing to score for the first time since early October against a side who hadn’t kept a home clean sheet since last February.
Speaking afterwards though, Jose Mourinho was fairly reserved in his reaction to the defeat, claiming his side were ‘in control’ of the game and ‘didn’t make mistakes’.
“It was quite a strange game,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“We had no problems defensively. They didn’t create great problems. They scored one goal. Danny Ings did well. We were in control apart from that. We didn’t create much but enough to score. They stopped the game and defended well.
“The centre-backs gave a hard game to our attacking players who were aggressive and didn’t make mistakes. In the last part of the game without Harry Kane and another striker, without Son, we were limited in our options. I feel it is too harsh the result but it is what it is.”
Aside from the second-half injury to Harry Kane, Spurs also had to replace summer signing Tanguy Ndombele after he suffered yet another injury.
“Tanguy Ndombele, I don’t know,” Mourinho said. “I imagine this is the tenth 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.
“Harry Kane plays every minute, he plays all the time. It might be big, it might be small. For sure he will be out.”
The result leaves Spurs six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, the North London outfit winning just one of their last four Premier League games.