Gary Lineker mocks Jose Mourinho claim as Tottenham’s misery compounded after Chelsea loss

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Tottenham’s season suffered another setback on Thursday night as Mourinho’s men were easily beaten 1-0 by London rivals Chelsea in another underwhelming performance.

Tottenham’s season suffered another setback on Thursday night as Mourinho’s men were easily beaten 1-0 by London rivals Chelsea in another underwhelming performance.

Since travelling to Anfield as the Premier League leaders December 16, Spurs have lost five of their next nine games, including three in a row for the first time since 2012.

They are suffering with injuries, as attacking threats Harry Kane, Giovani Lo Celso and Alli are ruled out, and Mourinho was quick to highlight their injury woes after the game.

Gary Lineker has mocked Jose Mourinho's claim following Tottenham's defeat by Chelsea
Gary Lineker has mocked Jose Mourinho’s claim following Tottenham’s defeat by Chelsea

However the manager also appeared to take a swipe at Alli, suggesting he has been far from his best despite being given limited opportunities this season.

Mourinho said: “(Sergio) Reguilon means something for our attacking football. Harry Kane means something to our attacking football. “Giovani Lo Celso means something and a good Dele Alli that we haven’t had yet also means something to that.

“It also is about not having the players to change things. It’s also about the confidence.”

Mourinho has taken a subtle dig at Tottenham star Dele Alli
Mourinho has taken a subtle dig at Tottenham star Dele Alli

But Lineker mocked the manager’s claim on social media, writing on Twitter : “Ah it’s Ali’s fault”, and also included a facepalm emoji.

Alli, who missed the Chelsea defeat through injury, faces an uncertain future in north London.

Spurs blocked a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain during the transfer window, which Alli was unhappy about having been frozen out under Mourinho this season.

The midfielder was again absent from the Tottenham team who struggled against Chelsea.

Alli has fallen out of favour under the Spurs boss
Alli has fallen out of favour under the Spurs boss

But, despite the loss, Mourinho says he can see a spirit in his squad.

“We’re trying to go on the search but I saw togetherness. It’s not easy to see togetherness with bad results, defeats, difficulties, injuries,” he said.

“Togetherness is very easy to show when you’re on a high and winning matches, when everything is amazing.

“But in difficult moments it’s more difficult to see that togetherness but I saw that in the second half. No doubts for me.”

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