Jose Mourinho only issued a partial apology for his behaviour that led to him being booked in Tottenham’s defeat to Southampton.
A first half goal from Danny Ings was the difference between the two sides, as the New Year got off to a bad start for Mourinho’s men.
Aside from the obvious negative of the result, Mourinho was also carded for venturing into Southampton’s technical area, while he suffered another blow when star striker Harry Kane was forced off with an injury.
Despite the defeat, Mourinho was adamant that his team would have deserved something more from the game.
“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.”
As well as Kane, Tanguy Ndombele was also taken off with an injury, giving Mourinho cause for concern.
And the tactician admits that the midfielder’s regular fitness problems are affecting his first season in the Premier League – while providing a worrying update about Kane.
“Tanguy Ndombele, I don’t know. 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.”
Mourinho accepted the blame for his booking, but clearly was unhappy with the behaviour of his opposite numbers as well.
“I was rude. But I was rude with an idiot. I clearly deserved the yellow card. I had bad words with the guy.”
With the transfer window open – his first as Spurs boss – Mourinho was asked about his plans, but revealed that his primary focus is on working with what he already has.
“Come on, we need time to work. We need what we are not having. We need to focus on what we have.
“We are not looking to be the kings of the market. We are going to work.
“We see the bad result today which is the continuity of the last year. For 12 months, it has been very difficult to get results away from home. It is difficult.
“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.”
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