Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been trying to play down West Ham United’s brilliant 3-3 comeback draw.
West Ham and Tottenham set very different Premier League record on Sunday evening.
West Ham became the first team in the history of the Premier League to be 3-0 down as late as the 81st minute and not lose the game.
As a result Spurs became the first side to be 3-0 up as late as the 81st minute and not win.
For Tottenham it is made all the more painful it was bitter rivals West Ham. For the Hammers all the sweeter that it was Spurs.
And to rub salt in the wound, Manuel Lanzini’s goal is an early contender for goal of the season. That means there will be a fair few reminders of this result for a long time to come.
‘We’re not Spursy after Hammers comeback’
In the wake of the game Tottenham boss Mourinho has been trying to down play the fact his side shipped three late goals.
Mourinho said West Ham were lucky. Then said he would rather praise West Ham’s spirit than criticise his team.
Then he told the press today his team were not still struggling to shake off their ‘Spursy’ tag, despite being under his stewardship.
The ‘Spursy’ tag has been frequently used to describe Tottenham’s supposed habit of letting leads slip or choking.
And Mourinho once again defended his players following West Ham’s thrilling comeback (BBC Sport).
Mourinho defensive shows West Ham are living rent free in Spurs manager’s head
“We can play 50 more matches and it’s not going to happen again,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“I don’t want to be sticking on this. No stories about ‘Spursy’ and this kind of thing. We just need to defend better from set-pieces.”
But reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claims the reality in the Tottenham dressing room after the game was very different from what Mourinho is putting out in public.
Labelling him ‘the unhappy one’ ExWHUemployee says he heard from a Tottenham source that West Ham forced Mourinho to tear into his players after the match.
Mourinho tore into players after West Ham comeback claims insider
“Mourinho was fuming with his players after the game on Sunday and kept them behind, questioning their desire,” ExWHUemployee said.
“He told them that they would never win anything unless they fought to the end. (That’s from a Spurs source).”
It appears West Ham are living in Mourinho’s head rent free right now.
The Portuguese even rather bizarrely posted on social media a picture of him holding three balls, ranting the West Ham comeback while insisting the focus was on Spurs’s Europa League tie with LASK (The Mirror).