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Jose Mourinho takes dig at Spurs squad for lacking quality after Newcastle draw

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Spurs conceded a late equaliser (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho took a dig at his own players after Newcastle scored a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.

Harry Kane scored twice in four minutes in the first half to give his side the lead after Joelinton’s opener gave the Magpies the advantage.

But the visitors failed to build on their advantage after the break and Mourinho’s side were guilty of sitting back on their lead, inviting Steve Bruce’s side on to find the equaliser.

It eventually came four minutes from time when Joe Willock fired home from close range to give the Magpies a deserved point.

Chelsea’s unexpected defeat yesterday meant Spurs had a golden chance to enter the top four and Mourinho couldn’t resist a dig at his side, claiming that not every player was on the same level.

Mourinho criticised the quality of his players (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

‘I think it was not a problem of fight, not a problem of attitude,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.

‘The players they wanted to win but I have to be honest and say I saw things on the pitch not in terms of attitude but in terms of profile, vision, balance which belongs to the top players…I did not see that in every position.’

Newcastle registered 22 shots against Spurs and Bruce’s side were deserving of a share of the spoils.

Mourinho believes Spurs had the chances to finish off the game but he rued a chance missed by Kane shortly before the equaliser.

‘Of course every point for this team could be a crucial point,’ said Mourinho.

‘We knew until the result was open they were going to fight. We came to the second half with the intention of killing it and in fact the biggest chance of second half was just before the 2-2 when we hit the post.

‘We knew they’d fight until the end. I think because of that fighting spirit and because they were feeling a little bit the fragility they went to the end and got their point.’


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