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Tottenham stars angry at Jose Mourinho after Newcastle draw as Champions League hopes hurt

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Several members of Tottenham’s first-team squad are reportedly furious with manager Jose Mourinho after his public criticism in the aftermath of Sunday’s Premier League draw at Newcastle.

Spurs were on course to leapfrog Chelsea and move into fourth in the English top flight for the first time since early February thanks to Harry Kane’s double, which cancelled out a Joelinton goal.

But Joe Willock – on loan from Arsenal – fired the relegation-threatened Magpies levelled at the death at St James’ Park.

And Spurs sit fifth two points behind the Blues on the same points as a rejuvenated Liverpool and with West Ham able to overtake them into fifth against Wolves this evening.

Everton, sat eighth, have two games in hand and can join Chelsea on 51 points as the race for Champions League qualification hots up into the season’s final stretch.

Although Spurs can still very much finish in the top four, they take on Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Leicester in their final eight games in a testing fixture schedule.

The draw at Newcastle could therefore prove costly if they suffer further slip-ups between now and the final day of the season, a trip to Leicester on May 23.

And Mourinho was strong in his post-match criticism, declaring: “I am frustrated. We were not far from winning it but, at the same time, we created some instability on the game with so many individual defensive mistakes that we made.

Told his teams are usually good at holding on to leads in matches, Mourinho added to BBC Radio 5 Live: “Same coach, different players.

“There are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.”

And according to football.london, Mourinho’s comments have not gone down well with sections of the Spurs squad.

Mourinho also caused confusion in regards to the availability of Toby Alderweireld with the Spurs boss claiming the Belgian returned late from international duty and that was why he did not face Newcastle.

The Portuguese coach claimed that Alderweireld and Serge Aurier only trained on Saturday and therefore were not available.

He explained: “They went for their national teams and they didn’t make the Covid tests on time to be in the training session on Thursday, not even on Friday. They come only yesterday.”

But the Evening Standard say Alderweireld, who missed the pre-international break win at Aston Villa through illness but joined up with Belgium a day later, was at the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

It is claimed the 32-year-old was present at Hotspur Way after flying back to London from Belgium that same morning.

And Mourinho’s comments are said to have left Spurs sources baffled, with it unclear if there is another reason behind Alderweireld’s absence from the squad at Newcastle.

It’s a bad result. I’m not being disrespectful with Newcastle but I think that is a match to win, so the result is not a good one.

“And the performance, if I analyse the performance separated from so many mistakes that lead to instability and instability leads to hope in the opposition.

“If I want to analyse separately from that, I think we were good, very good in some moments. A great period in the first half also a solid period in the second.

“I cannot do it. The game belongs to every moment and I cannot separate the game from these moments of instability and that’s the reason why we didn’t win the game.

“Because that instability also affects the ball possession, the way you build, the way you go to attacking situations, so that’s my view.

“We had chances to kill the game but we create instability to ourselves with the mistakes that we made defensively.”

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