Spurs were denied all three points late in the game at St. James’ Park after Joe Willock’s 85th-minute goal levelled the scoreline up to provide the Magpies with a valuable point in their relegation scrap.
Following the game, Jose Mourinho spoke openly when asked by BBC Radio 5 Live about why his team are not showing the defensive solidity expected of a Mourinho team.
He said: “Same coach, different players.”
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Gilmour discussed the comments from Mourinho following the game and believes it could make for an interesting summer if he fails to make the top four or lift the Carabao Cup at the end of this month.
He said: “I think that was clearly a frustrated response. And yeah, he probably let his frustration get the better of them.
“He is a guy who’s won the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga, all these top titles. But with that past in mind, he probably feels extra frustrated when he perceives standards not to be as high. So I think it comes out in interviews sometimes, from what we’re told, I think he still feels the support of Daniel Levy. But, you know, as we’re going to talk about later, it could be a big month ahead.”
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Gilmour has put the comments down to Mourinho being frustrated. Although this is probably the case on the back of the disappointing draw against a side that is in the middle of a relegation battle, it has apparently not impressed his players.
Controversially, Mourinho did not include Belgium international Toby Alderweireld in the matchday squad. The Portuguese manager put it down to the 32-year-old not completing his virus test in time, yet photos showed the defender in training from Wednesday onwards.
With a lot still to play for in the Premier League, it was odd to hear Mourinho come out with a comment such as that which had the potential to upset his camp with eight games still to play.