Jose Mourinho at it Again Blames Officials and Coronavirus for his Loss
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho as always has come out to defend himself after a failed perfect start to the 2020/21 English Premier League season, they were beaten 1-0 by Everton in the opening fixture. According to the manager, he said a number of his players had coronavirus over the summer after a season-opening defeat by Everton.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header ensured Spurs started the 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a 1-0 home defeat. Mourinho criticised his players’ he said they were “lazy pressing” and was angered by the match officials, questioning the position of Lucas Digne’s free-kick which led to Everton’s winner. He also said he is happy not to start on a flying note.
Mourinho did not name the players who had been infected but said it had disrupted his side’s preparations for the new season. He also said: “Harry Kane trained with us once.” “Moussa Sissoko, a couple and I am not going player by player. For different reasons, many of our players didn’t have proper pre-seasons.” “We had cases of positive COVID, we have the right not to say which players, but we had players, we had other players in quarantine due to proximity with positive players.
“We had a player in quarantine because he was on holiday in a country which the government quarantined, we had national teams where many of them went to their team so it was a difficult pre-season.” “We were lazy in our pressing. That is a consequence of bad fitness, bad pre-season.” “Some players didn’t even have a pre-season. Some players had a wrong state of mind. I don’t want to speak about it – I’m not sure about it. “I’m disappointed with my team.”
The Portuguese international also blamed the referees for his loss, he said; “It is not an excuse for the result or defeat or performance,” he said. “With so many referees on the pitch and on the line, to take a kick a minimum of five metres distance [away from where the foul was] is incredible.” “It’s a huge difference.”