Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho managed to uncharacteristically bite his tongue in his post-match interview this evening, after seeing his side miss out on all 3 points at home to Newcastle in heartbreaking fashion.
Spurs denied at the death
The Lilywhites welcomed Steve Bruce’s men to north London a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.
Spurs headed into proceedings on the back of an upturn in form, having bounced back from an opening day defeat to Everton with a trio of consecutive victories across all competitions.
The latest of these came on Thursday night, when the capital giants moved one step closer to the group stages of the Europa League, courtesy of a 3-1 downing of Shkendija.
As such, Mourinho’s men were no doubt brimming with confidence ahead of kick-off.
As outlined above, however, when all was said and done at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the hosts were brought firmly back down to earth.
Despite completely and utterly dominating Newcastle, Spurs were eventually held to a 1-1 draw.
Lucas Moura opened the afternoon’s scoring with 25 minutes on the clock, amid a first-half that should have seen the Lilywhites comfortably net 3 or 4.
Incredibly, however, just when it appeared as though they had the 3 points wrapped up, VAR controversy struck.
After the ball was flighted into the hosts’ box towards Andy Carroll, the Newcastle hitman nodded an effort back across goal.
Carroll’s header, though, came off the back of the arm of the completely oblivious Eric Dier, who was facing in the opposite direction at the point of contact.
Nevertheless, following a VAR check, a penalty was awarded, with Callum Wilson having stepped up to slot away the ensuing spot-kick with essentially the last kick of the game.
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As such, on the back of this evening’s matchup, the main talking point has understandably surrounded the result-deciding penalty decision.
Whilst, by the current rules of the game, it appears that the correct decision was in fact forthcoming, fans and pundits alike have since pointed to the fact that Dier had simply jumped in a natural motion, with the English international having had no idea of where the ball even was when it struck his arm.
One man to have been particularly disgusted by the decision was Jose Mourinho, with the Spurs boss having stormed down the tunnel before the full-time whistle had even been blown.
As such, speaking in his post-match interview, Mourinho was inevitably drawn on the spot-kick incident.
The Portuguese tactician, to his credit, though, managed to keep his cool, albeit whilst making it clear exactly what he thought of the decision:
“If I want to give some money away I’ll give some to charities, I don’t want to give to the FA.”
“If I want to give some money away I’ll give some to charities, I don’t want to give to the FA.” 🤐
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 27, 2020
In his subsequent press conference, meanwhile, Mourinho added:
‘I don’t want to comment, I just don’t want to. I don’t have a message [for lawmakers].’
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