Rio Ferdinand has slammed Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho for making ‘excuses’ following his side’s dismal 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night.
Jorginho’s spot-kick in the first half was enough to condemn a Spurs to a third consecutive defeat in the Premier League, which has seen them drop down to eighth place in the table.
Chelsea were dominant in the first period and got their breakthrough from the penalty spot after Eric Dier brought down Timo Werner in the box.
Spurs offered extremely little in attack without their injured talisman Harry Kane and though they improved slightly after half-time, their one major chance was spurned by Carlos Vinicius as he headed wide in the closing stages.
In his post-match interview with BT Sport, Mourinho chose to focus on Chelsea’s penalty decision rather than finding fault with his own side’s performance, although he did choose to criticise striker Vinicius’ ‘understanding of how to press’.
‘In the end, it’s the penalty that decides the game because the couple of chances they had, the couple of chances we had, in the end, it’s scoring a penalty that is not a penalty that you say in a dangerous situation, one-vs-one, almost scoring,’ Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.
‘And then in the second half I think it was much more difficult for them, we press them much better and higher, we brought a different spirit to the game and in the second half I believe we deserved a bit more.’
After watching Mourinho’s interview, Ferdinand lambasted his ‘excuses’ and took aim at Spurs’ lack of direction.
‘I just hope that his conversation and the way he talks to the team is very different to what I just saw there,’ the Manchester United legend told BT Sport.
‘Because that was an excuses-filled interview more than anything. I understand the manager coming out and dressing down your players in public may not be the way to do it in today’s game but you really do hope those players are getting the message that’s very different to that.
‘We can talk about [Heung-min] Son and we can talk about Kane but that doesn’t come away from the fact there doesn’t seem to be any game-plan, even getting out from the back.
‘There’s no movement, there’s no game plan, there’s no direction with this team.
‘I just see people playing off the cuff, hoping to get it to Ndombele at the moment who is going to do something to get Son in, if that happens.
‘They had one shot all game and that was in the 89th minute.’
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Author: Metro Sport Reporter