Tottenham coach, Jose Mourinho says his side are suffering from ‘sadness’ and are in a ‘difficult moment’ following their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton.
Spurs slipped to their fourth defeat from their last eight league games at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, with Leandro Trossard’s smart finish after 17 minutes, the only goal of the game.
Mourinho’s side were lacklustre throughout and badly missed the impact of captain Harry Kane, who was forced off with an ankle injury in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool.
Heung-min Son and Carlos Vinicius had efforts saved from Brighton’s Robert Sanchez in the latter stages, but the Seagulls held out and went on to record their first home win of the season, which moved them seven points above the drop zone.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho admitted his side were struggling with their ‘self-esteem’ and are ‘a team with sadness’.
‘Every team in the Premier League has these ups and these down,’ he said.
‘Of course now, we’re in a difficult moment with results, injuries and self-esteem.
‘A team with confidence is much better than a team with sadness. At this time, we have all these problems which sooner or later will blow over.
‘At the end of the season, we’ll see where we are in the league and with the cup games that we’re going to play.’
Despite suffering in the first half, Mourinho believes his side stepped it up a gear in the second period.
‘I saw two different halves,’ he added.
‘We made two mistakes in a row, one hit the post, and one was a goal.
‘I think the boys felt too much that goal we conceded, and the half was a sad half.
‘In the second half, for 25-30 minutes I saw a team with a different soul, a team that was ready to give everything, ready to gamble, and the way we finished we deserved more than what we got.
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