Tottenham Hotspur did not enjoy the best opening days in the club’s history as the London club lost 1-0 at home against Everton. After the game Spurs boss Jose Mourinho blamed his own players for the loss as the Portuguese felt his players were ‘lazy’. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the afternoon in north London, helping Everton to a well-deserved victory.
Mourinho felt Tottenham could have taken something from the game but failed to ‘work for it’. “Against good teams like Everton if you let them play from the back they are comfortable with very good technical players. If you don’t press them you give them ammunition. We were lazy in our pressing. That is a consequence of bad fitness, bad pre-season.”
“Some players didn’t even have a pre-season. Some players had a wrong state of mind. I don’t want to speak about it — I’m not sure about it. It was too easy for them to play from back to front. Technically it was not so easy because some players didn’t have a pre-season for different reasons. We had two days with everybody. Two days before the game is not where you can work too much.”