Jose Mourinho has admitted Tottenham will find it difficult to be better than they were at Watford because of “limitations” in the squad.
Spurs failed to score in a third successive league game at Vicarage Road. They have now drawn a blank against Southampton, Liverpool and Watford in recent weeks, though Erik Lamela couldn’t have come closer to breaking the deadlock on Saturday.
Without the injured Harry Kane, the Londoners looked lost in the final third for the most part in Hertfordshire. Mourinho deployed a number of attacking midfielders – Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso started and Christian Eriksen came off the bench – to make up for Kane’s absence, but Tottenham still couldn’t find a way to score, with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min looking low on confidence.
After the game, Mourinho said his players did all they could to create chances and admitted they will struggle to better their current production rate in future games.
“It was a good performance by my team with the limitations we know that we have,” Mourinho said (via talkSPORT).
“We try to hide them and try to use the great potential we have in other areas by playing with a super offensive team.
“We couldn’t play more offensive than how we did.
“It was difficult to create more [chances], it’s so difficult to do better than how we did.
“We had our chances and we can speak about the last one which was obviously the correct decision by the goal-line technology… okay, goal-line technology is very honest, it’s 100 per cent accurate, so yes it was one millimetre but I respect goal-line technology.”
Mourinho appears to be very frustrated by the lack of back-up for Kane. It wouldn’t surprise us to see Spurs make use of the transfer window after yet another clean sheet for the opposition.