After Tottenham’s 1-0 loss by Chelsea, José Mourinho insisted that his players stay united and declined to answer a question about the unused substitute Gareth Bale, seeing them losing more ground in the battle to qualify for the Champions League on Thursday night.
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Chelsea was superior from start to finish, claiming victory thanks to Jorginho’s early penalty, and only came under extreme pressure towards the end. While Carlos Vinícius almost rescued a late point for Spurs, who are seven points outside the top four, after Harry Kane hurt his ankles against Liverpool last week, they have been abysmal.
But Mourinho tried to find the good from his side’s third consecutive loss, amid another bad display from Spurs, who lacked ideas without Kane up front and Sergio Reguilón’s drive at left-back. The manager suggested that his players had lost confidence after a difficult time, referring to injuries.
Mourinho said, “I don’t like to talk about Harry Kane and company, but they mean something to the players’ confidence.” “We tried against Brighton without Vinícius. Today we tried to get Vinícius and two up. We tried with him as the goal man and two wingers and a No 10 in the second half. We are trying to go on a quest, but I have seen unity.
“With poor outcomes, challenges, accidents, it is not easy to see togetherness. When you’re on high and winning matches, togetherness is easy to illustrate. But it’s more difficult to see the togetherness in difficult times, but I saw it in the second half. For me, no doubt.
Mourinho was hesitant to explain why, on the bench, he kept Bale. “Good question, but you don’t deserve an answer,” one reporter told him, asking him about the omission of the winger. After being pressed again on Bale, the Portuguese gave just a few hints. Mourinho said, “I’m doing my best and he’s doing his best.” “They’re all doing their bit.