Jose Mourinho has apologized to Tottenham Hotspurs fans claiming his players failed ‘at the basics of life’.
Spurs crashed out of the Europa league last- 16 stage at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb on an aggregate of 3-2. Ex-player and manager Glenn Hoddle branded disaster “Spurs second leg display as “diabolical.”
Mourinho headed to the tier with a 2-0 comfortable lead, but Mislav Orsic hat-trick overturns the results.
“They (Dinamo) left sweat, energy, blood. In the end, they left even tears of happiness,” Mourinho said.
“They were very humble and committed. I have to praise them,” he added.
“On the other side, my team – I repeat, my team – didn’t look like it was playing an important match.
He blasted, “If for any one of them it is not important, for me it is.”
He apologies, “I am disappointed for a difference of attitude of one team to another. I feel sorry that my team is the team that didn’t bring to the game, not just the basics of football but the basics of life, which is to respect our jobs and to give everything.”
He continued, “I can only apologize to the Tottenham supporters. I hope they feel the same way I feel. Today is live or die – and at this moment, we die.”
Also, Spurs captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris blasted the performance as a “disgrace.” France’s World Cup-winning gave a brutally honest assessment of his team’s performance.
“It’s a disgrace,” Lloris said.
He added, “The taste of the defeat is more than painful and we are all responsible.”
“We are a club full of ambition but the team at the moment is a reflection of what is going on in the club. Lack of basics, lack of fundamentals. Mentally we should be stronger, more competitive.
“At this level, when you are not ready, you pay – and if you don’t respect the opponent, it’s punished. The blame is on all the team, all the club. We are guilty,” he admitted.
He concluded, “We had great moments in the past because we could trust the togetherness in the team. Today I am not sure about that.”