- Jose Mourinho led Tottenham to a derby victory over Arsenal, then urged his workforce to complete the season with three extra wins.
Modified 13 Jul 2020, 00:20 IST
Jose Mourinho celebrated his first north London derby victory as the Tottenham boss roared: “It got here from my gamers’ hearts.”
A 2-1 residence success towards Arsenal got here due to targets from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld, the latter heading an 81st-minute winner.
Spurs boss Mourinho was thrilled his workforce got here out on high, having been in motion as just lately as Thursday once they drew at Bournemouth, two days after Arsenal had performed towards Leicester City.
“[We had] nice spirit,” Mourinho instructed Sky Sports. “It was actually scorching, I believe, throughout the sport. Nobody thought of it, even myself I did not, however Arsenal had 48 hours greater than us to relaxation so it was exhausting.
“But I believe it got here from their hearts, this effort, this battle, and even within the final minutes of the sport after 2-1 [we had] zero issues, every thing underneath management.
“We are blissful as a result of we made the followers blissful. We are blissful as a result of we’re nonetheless within the combat for a Europa League place.”
“To win these matches, the gamers must put on the followers’ pores and skin. They have to be able to combat.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 12, 2020
Mourinho might nonetheless fail to take his workforce into subsequent season’s European competitions. It got here as a blow to Spurs when rivals Burnley and Sheffield United picked up factors from Saturday’s video games towards Liverpool and Chelsea, whereas Wolves defeated Everton in Sunday’s early kick-off.
Just three video games stay for Tottenham, and so they might have 9 factors from these fixtures towards Newcastle United, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
“I do know that Chelsea and Liverpool did not assist us in any respect, however that is about us,” Mourinho mentioned. “We should do the factors and we misplaced some vital factors, however now we have now 9 to combat for.”
For Arsenal the scenario concerning Europe is relatively extra bleak, given they’re two factors worse off than Spurs with video games operating out.
Alderweireld described the win as “large for us”, dedicating it to the absent Spurs supporters.
“It’s a gift for them, an unbelievable Sunday,” he mentioned.
A behind-closed-doors derby took some spice out of the fixture, however Alderweireld insisted Spurs had been up for the event from the primary minute.
“We knew it could be tough with out followers,” the defender mentioned. “It can be a very totally different ambiance if the followers had been right here, however I suppose we did every thing we might.
“I believe we need to show some factors as a result of within the press there was a whole lot of negativity in regards to the workforce. I believe immediately we confirmed we have now character and actually needed it.”
Published 13 Jul 2020, 00:20 IST
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