What were the issues today?
“It’s clear. I knew very well that we had a lot of problems to solve and I think that today it was clear for everybody. I hope first of all for the players, because I told them in the last few weeks that we had a problem in the approach to the match, and today it was the same approach.
“But today the level of the opponent was different and in 15 minutes we lost 2-0. This was the first problem, but today I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly from a physical point of view, mentally and technically, especially in the first 20-25 minutes.
“Tactically we have a lot of work, a lot of problems to solve. I knew it very well before this match and I think it is clear for everybody and I hope for the players.”
How do you solve those problems?
“We have to work in training I think. You know it is difficult. We don’t have a lot of time, we have to train in two days. So we don’t have time to improve the team, the single player, we only have time to prepare for the next match.
“We have to try to do something, because the defensive phase today was a disaster. Not only the defensive line, the defensive phase, the offensive players pressed very badly. The midfielders defended not very well, and the defensive line as a consequence was a disaster.”
It was a disaster in the defensive phase of the team.
“It was clear in the first five minutes of the match that it was very difficult to use Jorginho as usual. We had to try to move the ball through the midfield to the opposite full-back.
“That was the only way to have one or two seconds to play the ball. We were surprised because they usually play with a 2-3-1 or a 2-3-3, but today they played with the 4-3-1-2.
“But after five minutes it was a situation very clear. We had in the first 25 or 30 minutes a lot of problems to exit our own half, we lost a lot of balls. Against Tottenham that is very dangerous to lose the ball in your half, because in the short counter attacks they are maybe one of the strongest teams in Europe. So it was a disaster after 20 minutes, 2-0 was the minimum.”
Would it have been different if there was a penalty for Hazard?
“I don’t think so. For 90 minutes there was a difference, so the 2-1 I don’t think so. I have to think and study the other 90 minutes, not only one action. I don’t know if it was a penalty or not. I saw it from 50-60 metres. From the bench, my position, I thought it was a penalty, but I have to say that Tottenham won very well.”
Why did you use Hazard in a false 9?
“I had to do something different to try to change the match, but it wasn’t important. Today they were better than us 11 out of 11, so it was not important. I wanted to change the match with something different, but I think I could have changed 11 players with the same result.”
David Luiz’s performance? Why did he move out of the way of the Kane shot?
“I don’t know. Maybe the goalkeeper didn’t see the ball. I think that David was afraid to touch the ball and to change the direction of the ball. But we were passive in the match, so it was only a question of a minute.”