Mourinho delighted with Spurs ‘mentality’ change

Jose Mourinho insisted that his Tottenham Hotspur players were not happy with a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It proved to be a close affair between two of the leading teams of the Premier League. Each side cancelled each other out throughout the 90 minutes as it finished 0-0.

Timo Werner’s first-half strike was disallowed for offside. Mason Mount came closest to scoring in the second half as his long-range effort was saved well by Edouard Mendy.

The goalless draw moves Tottenham back up to the top of the league. They sit on 21 points, level with Liverpool after their 1-1 draw on Saturday against Brighton.

Mourinho told Sky Sports, as cited by BBC Sport, after the game that he was delighted that his players were not satisfied with a draw:

“The one thing that I take from the game is that a draw here normally is a positive result. To stay top of the league with that result is also a positive thing.

“My dressing room is not happy. That is the best thing I take. We are not happy. It is fantastic. It is a complete change of mentality and personality. We didn’t have many chances but how many did they have? That is the thing that makes me really happy – we are not happy with a draw at Stamford Bridge.

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“The game did not have many chances. It is a game where we both wanted to win. We respect each other. Nobody gambled. Nobody tried to change the direction of the game.

“Everybody was thinking ‘one mistake, we get punished’. They had one shot from distance, we had more in the first half than the second. I think a big game is difficult for both teams.

Mourinho added that he is looking forward to welcoming fans back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next week against Arsenal:

He continued: “We stay top. I like the feeling and I think it is only for 2000 fans but the feeling of playing the first game with the public and being top is a gift for the fans.

“Not just these 2000 but what they represent – the universe of Tottenham fans. We are happy. But I don’t change my mind. If we are a bit better we win today. It was there to win. To be top is just a nice thing. The next match we need to win.”

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