Mourinho explains why City got off lightly
PUBLISHED: 13:52 30 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:52 30 December 2019
Frustrated Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho admitted Spurs came bearing ‘gifts’ for Norwich City in a pulsating 2-2 Premier League draw.
Mourinho's men were behind twice, after Mario Vrancic glided through the Spurs' defence to open the scoring before Toby Alderweirweld smacked a ball against Serge Aurier to wrong foot Paulo Gazzaniga.
"We started the game playing well then we had our 28th of December gift, which is not Boxing Day but it was a gift on the 28th," he said. "Then the team until the end of the first half felt it a little bit.
"Second half, we played even better, really offensive and taking lots of risks and dominating the game. We scored the equaliser and then we had 30 minutes to win the game and gift number two.
"Then a normal team with a normal soul would lose the game, but, no, the team kept playing and the boys played even better, more intense, more aggressive, pressing, recovering the ball and lots of quality going forward.
"We scored the second goal and I think we could have even scored a third. It was time for them to fight for a point and defend hard which they did."
Mourinho went for broke at the interval with a double change to try and halt the rampant Canaries.
"It's a bit deja-vu," he said. "We played so well, we created, we played beautiful football, we scored goals and we conceded goals that are difficult to digest. We started the game so well, so dominant, good chances.
"I remember clearly (Ryan) Sessegnon's shot blocked, Dele (Alli) facing the goalkeeper over the bar, then we conceded a really bad goal. I needed another attacking player on the pitch and we felt Norwich would sit back and try to hit those long balls for (Teemu) Pukki.
"I thought we needed Davinson Sanchez, because he's our fastest defender and would be able to cope with the possible long balls to the space for Pukki.
"I knew that in that moment we would have all the creative players on the pitch with (Harry) Kane and Alli.
"We got the goal and then we conceded a really bad second goal that was offside.
"We tried to win, they tried to draw and it was a draw, very frustrating for us to create so much, and to concede with so little."