“That’s fantastic for me”: Jose Mourinho insists his Tottenham players are “not happy” with the Chelsea draw and praises “a complete change in mentality and personality” on his team
- Tottenham remained at the top of the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Chelsea
- Frank Lampard’s Blues dominated possession and chances on Sunday
- Jose Mourinho claims his side are unhappy with the draw at Stamford Bridge
- The Portuguese coach claims he is changing a mentality in his squad
Jose Mourinho revealed that his Tottenham players are unhappy with their 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday despite having achieved little in front of the goal at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs clung to the top of the Premier League with the goalless draw with their London rivals despite Frank Lampard’s Blues dominating possession over Mourinho’s men and Mason Mount having the best chances of the game in the second half.
Tottenham have only won one league win at Stamford Bridge in the last 30 years, but Mourinho claimed his side are changing their mentality by playing against Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho claims his Tottenham players are not happy with their 0-0 draw at Chelsea
Spurs held first place in the Premier League with a goalless draw in the Blues on Sunday
The Portuguese coach told Sky Sports: “The only thing I take out of the game is that a draw here is usually a positive result. It’s also positive to stay at the top of the league.
‘My dressing room is not happy. That’s the best thing I take out of the game, we’re not happy and that’s fantastic for me. This is a complete change in mentality and personality.
“You can tell us we didn’t have many chances and I agree, but how many did you have? I am happy that we are not satisfied with a draw at Stamford Bridge.”
Tottenham had their own scoring opportunities. Serge Aurier forced Edouard Mendy to save in the first half, while Steven Bergwijn scored a glorious chance from inside the box.
Mourinho believes he’s instilling a mentality change in Tottenham in big games
And Mourinho claimed that in a game that meant a lot to their London rivals despite the rivalry, both teams lacked quality in front of goal.
With Spurs returning to the Premier League summit on Sunday night, the win could have been Mourinho’s squad two points ahead of last season champions Liverpool who drew in Brighton on Saturday.
Lampard’s Chelsea would have replaced Tottenham at the top if they found a winner on Sunday night.
Mourinho added: “I think it’s a game where we respect them and they respect us. Nobody played. Nobody tried to change the direction of the game.
The Spurs boss also claimed that both sides lacked quality in front of goal on Sunday afternoon
‘Everyone has been in a situation of error, I punish you, I especially win in the last 15-20 minutes of the game. But I think it’s difficult to play a game for both of them. ‘
The Spurs boss also had special words for young Tottenham defender Joe Rodon, who made a first start in the Premier League for his new club on Sunday.
The 23-year-old’s last league start was a championship game for Swansea City against Millwall in early October. Mourinho claimed Rodon made the move into a high pressure Premier League game well.
Mourinho praised young defender Joe Rodon’s (left) defensive performance at Stamford Bridge
When asked about Rodon, the Spurs boss, “It was difficult, but he showed a great personality.
‘From my quick analysis during the 90 minutes I got one mistake that ended in an offside goal and another setback against Hugo who found Giroud in a middle position. He was comfortable, that was an important thing.
“You look at the two teams on the one hand. You have Thiago Silva from an amazing career at the highest level and Joe Rodon from Swansea in the championship – I have to be happy with the kid.”