Jose Mourinho blames Tottenham players' mental strength for Sheffield United 3-1 defeat

Jose Mourinho blames Tottenham players' mental strength for Sheffield United 3-1 defeat

- Jose Mourinho has stylishly lashed out at VAR after Tottenham suffer 3-1 defeat to Sheffield

- The Portuguese claimed his players failed to recover from the decision that canceled Kane's 33rd-minute equaliser

- Spurs are currently 9th on the table with 45 points after 32 matches - nine points behind fourth-place Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has blamed his players for their disappointing 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The North Londoners were hammered 3-1 thereby putting their Champions League qualification under serious doubts.

Sander Berge put Chris Wilder's men in front from close range just one minute after the half-hour mark with Chris Basham claiming the assist.

Captain Harry Kane equalised for the visitors barely two minutes after his side conceded their first but his goal was canceled for a handball against Lucas Moura.

Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie added to the Blades tally in the second half to claim maximum points after the match as Kane's late equaliser ended up a ma mere consolation for the away team.

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Mourinho said Spurs stars could not get their heads off the VAR decision against them earlier in the game, adding that the canceled goal played a key role in their fall.

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We have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened in the game,” he said. “We cannot mentally die after the decision.

I know it is difficult to take and my players know what did and did not happen but with 50 minutes to go, we have to be stronger.”

Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp described the decision as “the worst I've ever seen” and Mourinho added: “I cannot be as open as I would like to be because I would be in trouble.

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But it is not about the referee anymore. "It is not about the man on the pitch. The referee is in his office. “We are going in a direction which is really bad for the game.”

Jose Mourinho blames Tottenham players' mental strength for Sheffield United 3-1 defeat

Jose Mourinho dishing out instructions to his players during their 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United - credit: Getty Images
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Wilder, after seeing his side score their first league goals since March said: “It has been a difficult time for us but that was more like it. “We were good in both boxes and really aggressive in the middle.”

Reacting to Kane's equaliser, the Blades handler added: “We are the unofficial champions of Europe in VAR decisions going against us so I can understand their frustrations.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield recorded their first win since the return of football with their 3-1 win over Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

Earlier, reported that Tanguy Ndombele could be headed for the exits this summer after the Tottenham midfielder reportedly told Jose Mourinho he never wants to play for him again.

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Ndombele only signed for Spurs in a club-record £55 million transfer deal last summer but he has failed to live up to his billing.

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