Jose Mourinho accuses Tottenham stars of failing to follow his tactics in draw at Crystal Palace December 14, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer

Jose Mourinho has claimed his Tottenham players did not follow his second-half instructions in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Harry Kane’s first-half goal was cancelled out by a late Jeffrey Schlupp strike at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

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Mourinho was unimpressed with his side’s 30-minute second-half spell

Palace had chances to equalise before their deserved leveller, with Eberechi Eze hitting the post and Christian Benteke going close as Tottenham sat back.

And Spurs boss Mourinho accused his players of not successfully carrying out his tactics.

He said: “I think it was very good in the first 45 minutes, not good at all between 45 and 75 and again good, dominant in the last 15.

“I want to say credit to them because you have to always give credit to the opponent when they do so well as they did.

“I have to admit our players couldn’t do what I asked them to do because at half-time, what I asked them to do was exactly the opposite that we did in that period.

Schlupp got Palace on level terms

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Schlupp got Palace on level terms

“So, of course, the players want to do well and, of course, the players want to do what I ask them to do, but in this half an hour in the second-half, they were not able to do.”

Asked if he told his players not to sit back too much, Mourinho added: “Yeah. I wanted them to go forward, I wanted them to press high like we did in the first-half.

“I don’t want them [Palace] to be dominant and have the balls around our box and corners and second balls because they are very dominant on that.

“You can cope with it sometimes, but it’s difficult to cope every time. So you always have the risk of it happening like it did.”

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