Jose Mourinho insisted Spurs “deserved something” despite losing 1-0 to Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and slammed the decision not to chalk off Liverpool’s winner.
Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game, as he took a superb first touch in the area before firing past Paulo Gazzaniga.
Liverpool had a number of other chances in the first half but failed to capitalise and allowed Tottenham to slowly grow into the game as Liverpool rode their luck.
Second half substitute Giovani Lo Celso missed the best chance for Spurs but the loanee somehow missed the target with the goal gaping, as Jose Mourinho fell to his knees.
Mourinho told BBC Sport: “This is football. Sometimes you get more than you deserve. Sometimes you get less. This was an occasion when we got nothing when we deserved something. This is the best team in the world against a team in a difficult moment, with injuries, in a difficult part of the season. The boys were fantastic when we tried to change and create problems.”
On a potential handball in the build-up to the goal, that was inconclusive on VAR he said: “I didn’t watch it. What I watch is 200% that the throw in for the start of the goal was our throw. I am confused with VAR because of that.”
“Yesterday we spent half an hour defending throw-ins and we lost the game on the throw-in. I think the refs did a very good job, but the assistant on the opposite side didn’t see that Mane touched the ball [in the build-up to the goal].
“We have to try to create a buzz to compete with a team as good as they are. I think we deserved more. We intensified the pressure more in the second half. We were more aggressive.
“I told you they would win the league when they beat Manchester City three or four months ago. They were lucky – they could have conceded a goal and got a red card for Robertson’s challenge.”
On finishing in the top four: “It is possible to talk about top four when you start the season on zero points. But it is hard to talk about it when you start at minus 12 (the number of points off the top four Spurs were when he took over).”