Tottenham: Mourinho lauds Kane's ambition
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Tottenham star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been slammed by Jamie O’Hara in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. The midfielder put in a flat performance as his side slipped to defeat. And the result has dealt Spurs a major blow when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League.
Tottenham took the lead against Arsenal through Erik Lamela, with the Argentina international scoring a sublime ramona.
But Spurs ended up slumping to defeat after the Gunners upped the ante.
Martin Odegaard scored for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette then scoring the winner from the penalty spot to give the home side the bragging rights.
Tottenham were far from their best during the showdown and, now, O’Hara has slammed Hojbjerg – insisting he doesn’t do enough when he’s got the ball at his feet.
“He’s great defensively, he puts his foot in and makes good tackles,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.
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“But on the ball, I expect so much more. The midfield yesterday was so sideways and backwards. It was like a bunch of crabs playing in there.
“Get the ball, have some guts to get on it and get the ball forward.
“There’s no point playing Son, Bale, Kane and Moura if they’re not going to touch the ball.
“They just spent half the time defending because we’re not good enough at passing the ball around at the back and sticking it into our front men.
“It was a bad day at the office, but Arsenal, to be fair, pressed very well and they were decent.”
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Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his players after the game, instead choosing to blast Michael Oliver over his decision to give Arsenal a penalty.
“No post-match interviews for referees? That’s a pity,” Mourinho said sarcastically after the showdown at the Emirates Stadium.
“I think we played really bad in the first-half. The 1-1 was not a fair reflection of the first-half, we were poor.
“Defending bad, no intensity, no pressing, even in terms of creating attacking football, some important players hiding.
“In the second-half, we only had space to improve which we did, then it’s a question – an impossible question because they don’t speak – but a question for Michael to answer and probably Paul Tierney too because he was on the VAR.
“According to Kevin Friend, the referee got told that he had a clear vision and the VAR didn’t want to go against.
“What I see from the bench, I had a feeling, but I am 40 or 50 metres away. Yeah, I saw it immediately, I watched it on the iPad, I think the referees have a difficult job sometimes.
“I didn’t complain because he’s closer than me but then I watch it on the iPad, it is what it is.
“If somebody has a different opinion, it has to be one of the big Arsenal fans with the season ticket because I’d accept that because it’s the passion speaking. Apart from that, I wouldn’t accept that because it’s so obvious.
“I repeat: it’s a penalty that I’d say is a mistake by Michael Oliver. Players get tired after so many matches, coaches get tired, maybe referees get tired.
“He had a game in the week, maybe Champions League or Europa League, he could be tired. My record with him on penalties is astonishing – with Chelsea, United, Tottenham, it doesn’t matter, I’m very unlucky with a very good referee.”
Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has defended Mourinho – insisting Tottenham weren’t set up in a negative way against Arsenal.
“Nobody can criticise Jose for not picking at attacking team, he picked four forwards!” Redknapp said.
“It was a very attacking line-up, but they never got hold of the ball, Arsenal dominated the midfield with players who can get on the ball and play.
“They really deserved the win.”
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