- Jose Mourinho said he was rude but “rude with an idiot” after receiving a yellow card for an argument in the dugout during Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.
- The Portuguese was involved in a spat with goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes over what he perceived to be time wasting, according to The Guardian.
- “I was rude,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “But I was rude with an idiot. I had bad words with the guy.”
- Spurs lost 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant goal from striker Danny Ings, which you can see below.
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Jose Mourinho has never been one to mince his words.
“I was rude,” the Portuguese manager told BT Sport on Wednesday when asked about the yellow card he received during Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton. It was a card he was given after being seen quarreling with Southampton’s goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes about what he believed was time-wasting tactics by his opponents,the BBC says.
Mourinho said he “clearly deserved” and “accepted” being given the yellow card, adding: “But I was rude with an idiot. Basically, I had bad words with the guy.”
The Guardian says he later added: “Lots of [times] the match stopped and the ballboys were well coached in the delaying of the game and there was not much play.”
He also described the game as “strange.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl did not want to comment on the incident, saying, according to the BBC: “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager – he did so much for football.”
In-form Ings was the difference on the day
The Englishman scored his 15th, and perhaps best, goal of the season to seal the win for Southampton at St. Mary’s.
After latching on to a long ball over the top from Jack Stephens in the 17th minute, the 27-year-old striker brilliantly flicked the ball over the head of Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, sending him to the ground in a heap, before slamming the ball home on the half-volley.
Watch the goal here:
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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 2, 2020
Or if you’re in a different region, here:
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— Goal (@goal) January 1, 2020
“It was fantastic,” Hassenhuttl said of the goal after the match,says the BBC. “Such a goal you make when you have lots of self-confidence. This time of the season is unbelievable.”
Tottenham did little in the way of trying to find an equaliser, with Jan Vertonghen missing its only real chance when he fired over from close range just prior to the break.
The defeats leaves Mourinho’s side in sixth place in the Premier League, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea.
Victory for Southampton however, its third in the last five games, lifts it to 12th, level on points with both Everton and Newcastle United.
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