- Tottenham vs Tottenham Champions League final saw Jose Mourinho slam Jurgen Klopp’s tactical approach for poor quality final
- Mourinho also found time to applaud Liverpool’s defensive approach against Tottenham
- Mohamed Salah opened scores for Liverpool from the penalty spot before Divock Origi netted Liverpool’s second in the 2-0 win
Jose Mourinho believes Jurgen Klopp’s tactical approach with responsible for Liverpool’s poor play during Saturday’s Champions League final against Tottenham.
The Reds were crowned champions for the sixth time after a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Egyptian star Mohamed Salah netted the opener from the penalty spot in the second minute, after Moussa Sissoko adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball in the box, while Divock Origi smashed home Liverpool’s second in the 87th minute.
However, despite the chances created by Tottenham to score, the match lacked quality and Mourinho insists Klopp’s tactical directive to his players’ restricted Liverpool’s attacking potentials.
On the other hand, Arsene Wenger, the Reds were “very, very average” even as he stressed that Tottenham lacked self-belief during the match.
“At the end of the day the game was decided on two set-pieces, a penalty and a corner, like so many times in big games,” Wenger was quoted as saying by beIN Sports.
“I personally believe it was a very, very average Liverpool.
“There was more in this game for Tottenham. They lacked a little bit of killer instinct.
“And I felt it was more with the psychological side than with the real quality.
“I felt that they believed without really 100 per cent believing tonight.
“There was more in this game than a defeat like they had tonight against Liverpool.
“We spoke tonight about the goalkeeper, and the goalkeeper in the second half was very vital for Liverpool,” the former Arsenal manager explained.
And Mourinho was quick to admit the Frenchman was spot on with his submission.
“Basically it’s that. Mr Wenger is speaking about two set-pieces and I can add three shots on target in 90 minutes and two goals.
“I think the three midfield players of Liverpool, if we’re going to see a wave of their positioning, they played on a straight line in front of the back four,” noted the Portuguese, who also spoke about Liverpool’s defensive play.
“You don’t remember Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner to be close to the three attacking players to have one arrival in the box. Nothing.
“They stayed with a block of seven, they were very pragmatic, they were very solid defensively,” Mourinho said as he went on to reveal Tottenham’s greatest headache during the match.
“And when Tottenham managed to do something and create something, the player who was missing last season [the goalkeeper] was there today.
“He [Alisson] was not phenomenal, he didn’t have five, six, seven, eight saves, but he had a couple of saves which stopped Tottenham drawing,” noted the former Chelsea and Man United manager before turning his focus to tactical issues.
“I think that if this match was not the Champions League final, if it’s a Premier League match, the final of the League Cup, we would all say the game was not good.
“Because it’s a Champions League final it has this emotional side of it, that every Champions League final becomes a special match.
“But the quality of the game was not good. I think Tottenham has to be frustrated because they lost, but not just that, but they feel better than this.
“And it’s in the big moment you have to be at your best level,” Mourinho submitted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Virgil van Dijk has set one individual record after ensuring no opposition player went past him in his last 64 games for Liverpool.
According to sportbible.com, the Dutchman finished the 2018-19 Champions League campaign, cutting out opposing strikers from causing problems for Liverpool’s defence.
Virgil van Dijk battled some of the best forwards in world football, employing top class defensive qualities to keep them silent, most remarkably was the way he marked out Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
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