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Spurs boss Mourinho after Palace draw: 'What I feared would happen, happened'

Jose Mourinho at Selhurst Park [Getty]
Jose Mourinho at Selhurst Park [Getty]

Crystal Palace 1-1 Spurs.

Jose Mourinho was clearly not happy after his Tottenham side played out a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Lilywhites took the lead via Harry Kane, who broke the deadlock at Selhurst Park in the 23rd minute as his brilliant volley wriggled past Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

However, Palace regrouped and eventually got their reward after mounting enough pressure on the awayside. And it was Jeffrey Schlupp, who cancelled out Kane’s opener with a close-range strike nine minutes from time.

Following the derby draw in south London, Mourinho revealed that he already spoke to his side about what could happen if they didn’t create more chances.

When asked whether it is a point gained or two points dropped, he told Sky Sports: "We have one more point than we had. In that way, a point is a point and we know how difficult they are to get in the Premier League. We [also] lost two points.

"If I look to the last 10 minutes of the game, yes, if I look at the first 45 minutes, yes, but from 45 to 75 minutes we couldn't play or build from the back and we made lots of mistakes. A team like them, they can create and fight in the box. If I split the game into three parts - we lost two points."

On why his side didn't win, the Portuguese replied: "I want to believe that was because we couldn't. At half-time, I spent a good few minutes telling them what could happen in the second half. These guys, to control the game [against Palace] you need the ball. If you give them the chance to put balls in the box you put yourself in the line between victory and draw."

When quizzed whether France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should have prevented Palace's equaliser, Mourinho replied: "My goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League."

On lessons from the game, he said: "There are not lessons to learn. We knew what the game could be. At half-time we predicted what could happen."

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