Jose Mourinho claimed that his Tottenham side were not ‘dangerous or ambitious’ enough after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Sunday evening. Romain Saiss headed home a late equaliser for the hosts to cancel out Tanguy Ndombele’s opener in the first minute of the match, condemning Spurs to a fourth consecutive Premier League game without victory.
The result leaves the north London outfit occupying fifth place in the table, six points adrift of defending champions Liverpool.
Spurs have seen their title ambitions dented in recent weeks, with Mourinho’s men failing to make a return to winning ways in the league since the morale-defeating 2-1 loss at Anfield earlier this month.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle at Molineux, the charismatic Portuguese boss slammed his side’s inability to make the most of their early advantage following Ndombele’s quick-fire goal.
“One point against Wolves normally wouldn’t be a bad result because they are a strong opponent,” said Mourinho. “But scoring a goal in the first minute, and having the control of the game for the rest of it, and having 89 minutes to score more goals, is to feel frustrated.
“I don’t want to say much. I know the way I prepare the team, I know what I ask for the players, I know what I told them at half time. I know all that, and I don’t want to say much more than that.
“I give some credit to Wolves of course, because by losing [early on] they put some pressure on us. Pressure that we coped quite well with, how we did, controlling the game very, very well.
“But we didn’t have that ambition, that desire to go for more.”
Spurs will have the opportunity to conjure up some winning momentum over their next few matches, with tests against Fulham, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Sheffield United coming before another heavyweight clash with Liverpool at the end of January.
The Reds are now three points clear at the top of the Premier League as they look to retain their domestic crown.
When quizzed on what Spurs need in order to reignite their title challenge, Mourinho suggested that his team could provide a greater attacking threat and show more ambition in their play.
“It’s not for me to talk with you. I don’t want to go deep. I know my team better than anyone,” he said.
“It was not about scoring more goals, it was about not being dangerous or ambitious.”