Jose Mourinho has praised his Tottenham Hotspur players and himself after the Portuguese saw his team beating Newcastle United 3-1. The Spurs boss admitted that his players were fatigued before they even walked out on the pitch at St. James’ Park. Tottenham only had 72 hours rest after playing Arsenal on Monday.
Therefore Mourinho has praised his players that they were able to play through the tiredness and return home with the three points. “[It was] resilience, the team was tired before we even started,” the manager said to BBC Match of the Day. “We had resilience and a great desire to win the match and to fight until the last for our objective which is the Europa League.”
Mourinho took over at Spurs in November and he is happy with his performances in the league. “Since I started we are fourth in the table. If we cannot get the Champions League than the Europa League is important. No doubt the subs were important. I knew they would give us the freshness that we needed.”
“Harry Kane knows how important he is, he is incredible. After such a difficult recovery he is playing every minute of every game, this is the fourth game with two days in between, we are the only team to have this, and Harry gave everything. I am proud of them and happy with the points. Serge Aurier is a very strong character, every person is different and in his case he wanted to play.”