Mourinho slams his own player and claims playing 3 at the back saved Chelsea

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Chelsea defeated Tottenham 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night, as the Blues leapfrogged Tottenham to 6th place.

It was a very dominant performance from Chelsea in the first half, although Spurs came out stronger in the second-half.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho claimed that Thomas Tuchel’s decision to play a 3-4-2-1 system helped his side. Interestingly, the Portuguese also criticised his striker Carlos Vinicius for not pressing effectively in the first half.

“They played the way they played, they open the two wing-backs, they bring [Cesar] Azpilicueta on the right quite wide, this is a dynamic that they had from previous seasons,” Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.

“They are very comfortable going back to that and it was not easy for us to control.

“Vinicius, for example, is a player that has incredible spirit but his understanding of how to press, the positions on the pressing are not something that he’s still comfortable with so it was difficult, yes, but no chances.

“And then in the second half I think it was much more difficult for them.

“We press them much better and higher, we brought a different spirit to the game and in the second half I believe we deserved a bit more.”

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