Jose Mourinho says Tottenham players “mentally died” after farcical VAR decision
Jose Mourinho accused his Tottenham players of lacking mental strength for unravelling after a controversial VAR decision against them.
Spurs never recovered after a Harry Kane goal on 33 minutes was harshly ruled out for a handball against Lucas Moura despite the Brazilian having been fouled.
Sheffield United had taken the lead two minutes earlier through Sander Berge and ran away with it in the second half to record their first win since Project Restart.
Mourinho admitted the disallowed goal cost them the game but believes VAR is ruining football.
“We have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened in the game,” he said.
“We cannot mentally die after the decision.
“I know it is difficult to take and my players know what did and did not happen but with 50 minutes to go, we have to be stronger.”
Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp described the decision as “the worst I’ve ever seen” and Mourinho added: “I cannot be as open as I would like to be because I would be in trouble.
“But it is not about the referee anymore.
“It is not about the man on the pitch. The referee is in his office.
“We are going in a direction which is really bad for the game.”
Wilder saw the Blades score their first league goals since March and said: “It has been a difficult time for us but that was more like it.
“We were good in both boxes and really aggressive in the middle.”
On the Kane “equaliser, ” he added: “We are the unofficial champions of Europe in VAR decisions going against us so I can understand their frustrations.”