Mourinho: Tottenham’s big players hid in the first half and was tiredness to blame for the referee’s ‘mistake’?

Mourinho: Tottenham’s big players hid in the first half and was tiredness to blame for the referee’s ‘mistake’?

Jose after the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal: “In terms of creating attacking football, some important players were hiding… It’s a mistake by Michael Oliver, players get tired with so many matches, coaches get tired, maybe referees get tired?”

Jose Mourinho criticized his “big players” for “hiding” during their defeat to Arsenal and questioned Michael Oliver after what he deemed “a mistake” in awarding a penalty.

Arsenal sealed their first north London derby win since December 2018 after fighting back from a goal down to beat 10-man Tottenham 2-1 on Super Sunday.

Defeat dents Spurs’ top-four hopes as Mourinho’s side – whose five-match winning streak came to an end – stay seventh in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Spurs only registered one shot – Erik Lamela’s superb opening goal – in the first 70 minutes as Arsenal completely dominated proceedings. Strangely, Spurs improved after Lamela was sent off and hit the post late on through Harry Kane.

Mourinho admitted his team were way below their usual standard in the first half, criticizing his “big players” for hiding in a derby match.

He told Sky Sports: “In the first half we were really bad.

“No intensity, no pressing. In terms of creating attacking football, some important players were hiding. In the second half we only had to improve which we did.

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