José Mourinho lambasted his players’ attitudes and apologized to fans after Tottenham was humiliated from the Europa League. Their trip to Zagreb should be little more than a formality after last week’s 2-goal win in the first leg, but four days after losing the North London derby, Spurs put on an anemic performance in perfect contrast to that of their hosts. Mislav Orsic’s great hat trick crowned a famous win for the Croatian champions.
« I’m disappointed with the difference in attitudes between one team and the other, » Mourinho said after the 3-2 loss on aggregate. « I’m sorry about my team » I am on that team? is the team that not only brought the basics of football into play, but also, I believe, the basics of life, namely respecting our jobs and giving everything.
I don’t need any external critics because I am deeply feel hurt by what happened to my team. I don’t want to say more. On behalf of my team, I can only apologize to Tottenham supporters, although some of them may not share my feelings and emotions. “????
Mourinho went to the Dinamo dressing room after the game to congratulate the hosts on their deserved victory. But he accused his own players of being unprofessional. [Dinamo] played with a lot of desire. I can also call it professionalism, because for me professionalism begins with the attitude â ???? he said, adding that he felt « more than sad » that his players « didn’t look like they were playing in an important game ».
However, this was a critical game for Spurs and their manager. On the only occasion Mourinho, who is more used to the Champions League, took part in this tournament, he won the trophy with Manchester United. He had high hopes of doing the same with Spurs, who hired him for his award-winning pedigree. But his squad has been ousted by a club making it to the quarter-finals of a European competition for the first time. Spursâ ???? The season is unraveling. The pressure to save pride by beating Manchester City in next month’s Carabao Cup final has increased. They have to play a lot better.
Spurs have played more games than any other team in Europe’s top five leagues this season and that would be an excuse for their poor performance in Zagreb if they don’t have a very rich club with a squad who should deal with it. Mourinho made seven changes to the line-up that started with the Arsenal loss on Sunday but still started with nine players starting the first leg in which Spurs were two goals ahead. But they never had control in this second leg and started so cautiously that it seemed to stimulate their opponents.
Spurs showed little ingenuity, but control and dynamism were the qualities that were most lacking. Dinamo worked their way through them in the 35th minute, helped by a Davinson Sánchez slip, but Lovro Majer drilled far from the edge of the box. A minute later, Sánchez slipped to Spursâ ???? Rescue, hooks the ball from Arijan Ademi in front of goal after a cute pass from Majer.
Dinamo’s increasingly nimble attack left them open for counter-offensives. Spurs didn’t gather many, but Lucas Moura prepared Harry Kane for a chance just before the break. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic rushed out to stifle the shot.
Tottenham remained lazy after the break as Dinamo continued to hum forward. Ademi was cleared from a corner in the 52nd minute but sent a header down into Hugo Lloris’ arms.
Gareth Bale was introduced before the hour as Mourinho tried to give Tottenham more thrust, but within fewer moments did they fall back on a beautiful goal. Majer broke through Spursâ ???? Pedestrian midfield and went to Orsic on the left. The winger feigned Serge Aurier by cutting back on his right foot and rolling a delicious shot from the corner of the box to the far corner of the net.
Mourinho tossed Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele to try to break the net Reverse flow. But a Dinamo substitute, Iyayi Atiemwen, made a bigger impression. He engaged in an intricate move to feed Orsic, who shot into the box as Moussa Sissoko dawdled and then swept the equalizer into the net from 10 yards.
Spurs had to rally to save their campaign. They almost did it in the 89th minute, but Kévin Théophile’s Catherine cleared a Kane header off the line to force extra time. Dinamo had 30 minutes to gain fame and Spurs half an hour to avert shame. The game got tense and chaotic. Both sides had chances, but the hosts thought even more clearly and acted more sharply.
In the first minute of the second extra time, Orsic ended his excellent hat-trick. After receiving the ball more than 30 yards away, it zigzagged between Aurier, Sissoko and Ndombele, crowning the run with an explosive finish, hurling the ball past Lloris from 20 yards,
Mourinho said that Orsic’s goals came as no surprise that Spurs ???? Analysts had warned the players. I prepared my players to play against Orsic and gave them all the information about him. So I don’t know what else to say.
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