Jose Mourinho: “If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me. I was critical of my boys because they are not in my opinion critical enough with themselves”
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 06/07/20 11:53pm
Jose Mourinho labelled Spurs’ half-time bust-up during their conquer Everton as “beautiful” after asking his players to be more critical of one yet another.
A furious Hugo Lloris exchanged angry words with Heung-Min Son at half-time of the 1-0 home win, with the pair the need to be separated by Giovani Lo Celso as the captain continued to criticise his team-mate for failing to track an Everton run prior to the interval.
Mourinho shed some light on the reasoning behind the dispute following the game, and added his delight in the show of passion from his two players.
“It’s beautiful,” that he told Sky Sports. “It’s a consequence, probably, of our meetings. If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me. I was critical of my boys because they’re not i think critical enough with themselves, I asked them to demand more from the others, I asked them to place their colleagues under the pressure of the team spirit you have to give.
“It was a situation where an amazing kid, who many people really like, Sonny, the captain [Lloris] thought he previously to do more for the team and provide a different effort.
“There were a couple of bad words, but I think it was something very important for the team to grow up, for that to happen you need to demand more of each other and be strong personalities. At half-time, I said when I saw the reaction I had no doubts they would stick together until the end.”
Jose: No interest in the Fair Play Cup
In his post-match press conference, Mourinho said he has no interest in winning the “Fair Play Cup”, and the spat between Lloris and Son needs to have taken place in the dressing room as opposed to on the pitch, but that was where his disapproval ended.
“A team of good boys, a team of nice boys, the only thing they can win at the end of the season is the Fair Play Cup. Something I have never won and have no interest in winning that,” that he said.
“You need certain traits. I can’t stand a team without communication in a vital way.
“What happened should not happen on the pitch, it will happen within the dressing room, but I promise you my winning teams we’d big fights, big fights in the team.
“When I was arriving (in the dressing room) I saw the back of it, every thing was over and they were hugging one another. In the past minute of the first half it ended with a Richarlison shot, Hugo thought that for the reason that minute of the game attacking players have to do a little bit more.
“Hugo was arguing with Son and Son with him, I wanted to make sure the players understood I was happy with that. When I told them that I think they realised that nothing was wrong.”
Lloris plays down clash with Son
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lloris played down his half-time row with Son after the 1-0 win over Everton.
The Spurs captain said: “It just is one of the changing room. Outside it is possible to say what you may want. There is a lot of respect between all the players. What happened between me and Son is just something which is section of football sometimes, but there is absolutely no problem at all.
“You can see at the end of the game we are more than happy to be part of the team and to have the three points. To concede a chance six seconds before half time because we don’t press properly. It annoyed me but it’s part of football, no problem, we move on.”
Analysis: ‘You wish to see players showing passion’
Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports Premier League…
“For the Richarlison chance just before half-time, Son gives up on the ball. There’s a reaction, Lloris is proud, that he doesn’t wish to see anybody running at his straight back four. He shouts at Son, it’s probably the most exciting thing that’s happened in the half!
“This might be a result of what happened in the Sheffield United game, when he did make a challenge. He runs up to him, he puts Lo Celso in the way very nearly.
“I’ve seen it with Steve McManaman, Bruce Grobbelaar, and at the very least it shows they care. There was not enough of this against Sheffield United, in the dressing room it will be sorted out quickly, they’ll shake hands, they’ll access it with it. You’ve surely got to have that sometimes.
“It’s maybe not the first time it’s happened in football plus it won’t be the past. You wish to see players showing a little bit of passion, of course, if he’s maybe not doing his job Son, he’s surely got to get back, and he did not! Sometimes you must let people know.
“That’s just what you want [as a manager]. You want your players to simply take responsibility as opposed to it continually be the manager or the coaches. It’s put to bed now. They’ve got three points and Jose will be delighted with that.”