Jose Mourinho apologises to Tottenham fans for Europa League loss

Tottenham were knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, losing 3-0 in Croatia and 3-2 on aggregate; another poor performance follows a bruising 2-1 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday; Jose Mourinho says he is more than sad and apologises to Tottenham fans

Jose Mourinho said Dinamo Zagreb won their Europa League last-16 tie against Tottenham on attitude, claiming his team “didn’t bring to the game, not just the basics of football, but the basics of life”.

It was a horrible evening in Croatia, with Spurs throwing away a 2-0 first-leg lead to lose the last-16 tie 3-2 on aggregate in the second leg thanks to an inspired hat-trick from Mislav Orsic.

Mislav Orsic scores a hattrick against Tottenham in Europa League

Spurs would have been wanting a reaction after a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, but only seemed to regress further and were deservedly dumped out of the Europa League in a shock defeat.

After the game, Mourinho gave an honest assessment of Tottenham’s performance, and apologised to the fans for another below-par showing.

He told BT Sport: “In the 90 minutes and in the first half of extra-time, there was one team that decided to leave everything on the pitch. They left everything there – they left sweat, energy, blood and at the end of the game, they had even tears of happiness. Very humble, very committed and I have to praise them.

“On the other side, my team didn’t look they were playing an important match. But for me, it is for the respect I have for my own career and my own job. Every match is an important match for me and I believe that for every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters and another attitude is needed.

“To say that I feel sad is not enough because what I feel goes much further than sadness.

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