Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho stated he was “very, very happy” with one part of his side’s defeat to Man City, and sounded off on what he described as “modern penalties”.
Tottenham suffered a blow to their top four hopes with a bruising 3-0 defeat against Man City.
Goals from Rodri from the spot and a double from Ilkay Gundogan handed the table toppersa crucial victory in their quest to regain the Premier League crown.
Harry Kane hit the post from a free-kick early, but apart from a moment of magic from Gareth Bale late on, Tottenham offered little in an attacking sense.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Mourinho said: “What do I make of the game? A fresh team against a very tired team, but a team that started the game very well. We controlled it, we hit the post, and going 1-0 could give us the fuel you need when you are tired.
“And then they one more of these modern penalties, I call them modern penalties, that put us in a difficult situation.
“I am very, very happy with the players’ attitude. I had guys on the pitch who played two hours a couple of days ago and they gave everything. I had guys in a difficult situation on the pitch but they were brave.
“A team that is not united, not together would give up and would be punished but I saw guys like Harry Kane, Ben Davies, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg giving everything. I have nothing to say against my players, not even a couple of mistakes that are always present.”
Mourinho explains “modern penalties” jibe
Man City lead… JUST 👀
Rodri scores from the spot after Højbjerg brought down Gundogan in the box…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 13, 2021
Expanding on his meaning of the term “modern penalties”, the Portuguese added: “A modern penalty is one where even if you touch with a nail it can be a penalty.
“It depends on the opponent. For some you touch with a nail it is a penalty, and the VAR cannot deny there is a touch with the toe or the nail or the nose. You cannot deny there is contact.
“We had nothing in our favour. But the second half was very difficult.”