In Tottenham’s 1-0 loss on Sunday to Brighton and Hove Albion, Jose Mourinho said his squad expressed a “sadness”.
“I agree with that,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We didn’t start well and the team was a bit sad, my feeling was the team was a bit sad.
“To concede a goal early brought even more sadness and lack of self-esteem, the team was suffering. The second half was different. The chances they had were the chances of a team that was trying everything.
“I saw people trying really hard, I saw some individuals with fatigue but trying hard. The defeat, of course, is always a bad feeling, but I leave with a positive feeling for my boys which is a good thing for me.”
Indeed, a dismal first-half display saw Tottenham manage just one attempt at a goal.
The Mourinho side thus had one shot or less in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match on the 11th occasion.
And, with their second-half performance on Sunday, his players gave Mourinho a good feeling, but he admitted his team seemed “sad”.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager embraced his squad with a lack of intensity.