Published: 22:09 | 2/6/20

Mourinho blasts Spurs mentality after defeat


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho questioned his players' mental strength after a 3-1 defeat at Bramall Lane left their fading Champions League hopes in tatters.

The North London club sit a lowly ninth in the Premier League table and a distant nine points off Chelsea in fourth place with just six fixtures remaining.

Sander Berge opened his account for the Blades after his record signing fired home an angled drive from a Chris Basham cut-back.

Tottenham thought they'd leveled soon after but Harry Kane's low strike was ruled out when VAR adjudged that Lucas Moura used his hand in the build-up, despite the Brazilian being fouled in the process.

The visitors never recovered and further goals from Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie put the Blades on easy street before Kane did eventually get on the scoresheet with a late consolation.

Mourinho believed the VAR decision was ultimately crucial to his side's fortunes.

"I thought at that stage that it is game over," said the Portuguese. My players were not mentally strong enough to cope with that disappointment.

"They have to be. So I'm not going to say that all is the cause of everything because it would be very easy for me to do that.

"In the second half we didn't try with try with that conviction, with that real desire, with that real belief that we could change the game but we still had 45 minutes to change the game."

Sheffield United jumped above Spurs with this result and move closer to European qualification for the first time in their history.

By Russell Stoddart

Image: Getty Image

Crucial Rep of Ireland U21 qualifier LIVE on eir sport

14:28 | Today

The Republic of Ireland's crucial Euro 2021 U21 qualifier against Iceland on Sun, November 15th will be shown LIVE on eir sport. Coverage starts at 12.


Documentary: 'Out of Their League'

17:33 | 31/8/20

eir sport's documentary series continues with 'Out of Their League' tomorrow morning from 8am on eir sport 1.


Watch classic action every day on eir sport gold

12:17 | 2/9/20

You’ll never be short of classic sports action with eir sport gold.


Guardiola vows to 'never give up'

18:28 | 1/1/20

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised the 'never-say-die' attitude of his players after inflicting a first defeat on his Everton counterpart Carlo Ancelott...


Arsenal denied 'clear penalty' in Blades defeat

19:34 | 21/9/19

Arsenal boss Unai Emery claimed the Gunners were denied a clear penalty after crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Top Stories


Kerry can seal Allianz Leagues title with win

12:03 | 19/10/20

Kerry take on Donegal in the final round of Allianz League Division 1 fixtures this Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 1.


Cullen urges caution over Leavy return

15:51 | Today

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has moved to dampen expectations around Dan Leavy's long-awaited return to action this weekend.


What’s in the eir sport pack?

We’ve got heart-stopping action, with Guinness PRO14 , SSE Airtricity League, FA Cup, Allianz Leagues GAA, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Masters golf and more...


}