Jose Mourinho was not in a good mood after his side lost 1-0 to a resurgent Southampton side. The Tottenham manager was understandably not pleased by his side losing the match. Though apart from the usual frustrations showcased by the managers, we also got to see some of Jose Mourinho’s typical antics.
In a rather uneventful match which saw just one goal and not many chances, Danny Ings’s first-half goal proved to be decisive. The Englishman was sent through by a Jack Stephens’s chipped ball. Though the former Burnley man still had a lot to do, as he produced a brilliant flick over Tottenham defender, Toby Alderweireld to send him the wrong way before he applied a sensational finish on the volley.
Now we do accept Danny Ings’s finish was from the top drawer, though the headlines were once again made by Jose Mourinho. It’s always been difficult to keep the “Special One” away from the centre stage. And for all the claims that he makes about changing himself, we now know that one thing hasn’t changed with him. It was the 76th minute of the match when Southampton decided to replace Ings with Michael Obafemi. An angry Jose Mourinho confronted the Southampton bench and in particular their goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparks. And the incident obviously earned him punishment in the form of a yellow card.
While the incident in itself was an interesting one, though it was one bettered by Jose Mourinho’s reaction to it. After being asked to comment on whether or not he deserved a yellow card, the Portuguese was quoted saying, “I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot,” said Mourinho. “For some reason I was rude. But I was, and because I was rude I deserve the yellow card. Basically, I had bad words with the guy.” The former Real Madrid manager was upset about the time-wasting tactics applied by the opposition side.
Jose Mourinho was also left upset by the use of VAR. Now, this feeling of his is shared by a large section of football fans. “At this moment the referees are not the referees. I think the VAR should change their name because ‘video assistant referee’, that’s not true. It should be VR, video referees because they are the referees, they are the assistant. It is strange because you see the referees on the pitch and they are not the referees, they are the assistant referees. The other guys in, they are the ones that make the big decisions in the game”, said a rather unimpressed Mourinho.