Jose Mourinho could only judge that “soccer happened” after Tottenham’s Portuguese boss was stunned 3-0 in West Ham on Sunday.
Spurs were on track to continue their high-scoring form in style after Heung-min Son came on by less than a minute. Harry Kane assisted his strike partner with a stunning pass and then got himself a double before the 16. Minute.
North Londoners were cruising when Gareth Bale signed a deal with 72 minutes remaining but West Ham punished their complacency with three goals in the final 12 minutes – Manuel Lanzini’s final 94th-minute goal.
Tottenham were 3-3 ahead of West Ham after a late breakdown on Sunday
The hosts took the lead after just one minute and were in control 3-0 after just 16 minutes
Two late goals and a lightning bolt from Manuel Lanzini in the 94th minute equalized the result
“Of course I have to analyze the second half and do it internally, but I’d rather say that football happened and praise the faith of West Ham,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game.
‘I knew they were a completely different team this season. Conceding three goals is a huge penalty, but in the end it is deserved.
‘The context of the game was that it was in control. Kane and Bale could have killed the game and we were heading towards a fourth. But that’s football.
“We didn’t get out on purpose. Their beliefs rose and my boys weren’t strong enough to handle it psychologically.
Jose Mourinho was stunned by the comeback after Spurs missed a chance for second place
Tomas Soucek impressed West Ham and Mourinho compared him to Marouane Fellaini
I told them to keep the same (at halftime) and be aware that they no longer have standards. David found a new fellani in Tomas Soucek.
“You were very lucky, but you worked hard to be lucky and I commend you.”
Spurs missed a chance to finish second in the Premier League, but the quality of their goals and the strength of the partnership between Kane and Son have laid the foundation for a potential title challenge.
Bale’s first game in England was far from a success. It was missing a single match that could have killed the game, but when the Welshman returned to regular time the threat from the Londoners could increase.