- Jose Mourinho was furious after his side lost their opening PL fixture at home to Everton
- The furious Tottenham manager branded his players as 'lazy' during the post-match interview
- Ben Davies is one of the players who have come out to defend the squad
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Jose Mourinho lost his first ever Premier League opening fixture when Tottenham were stunned right in their backyard 1-0 by visiting Everton on Sunday afternoon, September 13.
The furious manager decried the loss and further lamented the lackluster performance of the players as he branded them ‘lazy'.
Reports from London have it that the Tottenham players are not happy with the comments, with some of the players coming out to have a stand and defend team-mates.
According to the Portuguese manager, the players failed to live up to expectation as they could not threaten their visitors who grabbed all three points from the fixture.
But, Ben Davies who played full 90 minutes in the encounter exonerated himself from the manager’s claims and also defended his team-mates, citing disappointment at their boss.
The Wales defender said as cited in Daily Star: ”Look it’s a tough one. I think everybody worked hard. Me personally, I gave it my all.
“I wouldn’t doubt that everybody else in the team gave it their all. But the performance wasn’t up to scratch.
“It’s hard to put it down to a lack of effort. I’m sure we will evaluate where we went wrong moving forward.”
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 55th minute strike was enough for Everton to win the game, thereby handing Jose Mourinho his first ever defeat in a season opener.
Jose Mourinho still has the support of the majority of his squad, but his record of falling out with his players suggests this might not be a one-off.
He may argue he wasn't directly accusing his players of being lazy, rather identifying a tactical flaw. But he knows the consequences of language used in post-match interviews.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Declan Rice switch to Chelsea has lingered on for a while now but latest reports have it that Frank Lampard’s side would not mind offering defender Emerson as part of swap deal to land their target.
The Blues are reportedly willing to tempt the Hammers to allow Rice move to the Stamford Bridge and won’t mind Emerson going the opposite direction.
The Athletic are reporting that West Ham are desperate in keeping Rice who appear to be one of the most important player in their squad.
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