Jose Mourinho noted the “positive spirit” of Tottenham‘s second-half performance although they suffered three straight Premier League defeats for the first time since November 2012 with their London derby loss to Chelsea on Thursday night. The Portuguese coach lamented a “painful” penalty decision that ultimately cost his side the match.
Jorginho’s first-half spot-kick after Eric Dier brought down Timo Werner was enough for the rejuvenated Blues to clinch victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The hosts were dire in the first half but showed greater attacking intent after the break yet could not muster an equaliser even still, with the absence of captain and attacking talisman Harry Kane sorely missed in the past two matches.
Spurs’ latest defeat saw Mourinho set an unwanted record as he has lost back-to-back home games in the Premier League for the first time, with this his 327th match in England’s top flight.
Consecutive reverses at the hands of Liverpool, Brighton and now former club Chelsea mean Spurs sit eighth and seven points off of fourth, though they have played one match less.
The north London outfit trail league leaders Manchester City by 14 points with their hopes of contending for the title now well and truly shot, leaving them competing for a top-four finish instead.
But despite that, and this being another disappointing evening for his side, Mourinho told BT Sport that Spurs come away with positives from the game as he criticised the penalty decision.
Mourinho said: “It was a bit of a struggle but how many chances did they have? The struggling, it is what it is. We didn’t have the ball, correct, we didn’t create in the first half, correct.
“But the struggle was the penalty. In the end the penalty decides the game. In the end they score a penalty which is not a penalty that you say is a dangerous situation, one on one, almost scoring.
“With a penalty like this it’s a bit painful, but in the second half we were different, the spirit was different, the confidence improved.
“I believe that Lucas [Moura] and [Erik] Lamela, they helped the team to change a little bit their dynamic.
“I think the feeling is that we did stick together to the end and that is probably a positive thing that we take because tomorrow we have to train and Sunday we have to train.
“To finish the game with this positive spirit helps. They played the way they played. They opened the two wing backs, they hit us pretty quickly on the right, quite wide.
“This is a dynamic they have from previous seasons – they are very comfortable going back to that – and it was not easy for us to control it.
“Vinicius, for example, is a player that has an incredible spirit, but his understanding of how to press, positions on the pressing are something that he’s still not comfortable with.
“So it was difficult, yes, but no chances, and then in the second half I think it was much more difficult for them.
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“We pressed them much better, much higher, we brought a different spirit to the game in the second half and I believe that we deserved a little bit more.”
Chelsea match-winner Jorginho meanwhile told BT Sport: “We knew it would be a hard game in the derby but we worked hard, created chances and deserved the win.
“We just needed to keep working hard in the second half. The results will come.
“The best thing is that we prepared, we worked and we need to think about the next game.”
New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel becomes the first Blues manager since Mourinho in 2004 to keep three clean sheets in his first three matches in charge.
Man of the match Mason Mount said: “We had a lot of control in the first half, we had chances where we need to be more clinical, myself included.
“It is tough to come here and control the game throughout but we played very well.
“The manager wants us to play in that style and it is working well, it is new and different for some us including me as a false nine and we are all learning.
“It will be difficult for other teams because different formations and tactics means they won’t know what we will come with.
“I told him [Tuchel] I should have scored today and did not have my scoring boots on today. Something to work on in training.”