Jose Mourinho has blamed "modern penalties" awarded to Manchester City as Tottenham fell to a 3-0 loss on Saturday evening. The Spurs boss also pointed to fatigue as a contributing factor in the defeat. The visitors started the game on the front foot, but fell behind to a Rodri penalty after Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg fouled Ilkay Gundogan in the box.
Mourinho believes things would have turned out differently had Pep Guardiola's side not been awarded the penalty. He also rued Harry Kane's shot, which hit the post, and said: "It is a fresh team against a very tired team, but a team which started the game very well with the game completely controlled.
“We hit the post, 1-0 that could give us that fuel you need when you are especially tired like the boys were. And then one more of these modern penalties, to put us in a difficult situation."
Mourinho was then asked what according to him is a "modern penalty" to which he replied: "A modern penalty is one even if you touch with a nail inside the box it can be a penalty. For some you touch with a nail and it is a penalty and you go to the VAR and you cannot deny there was a touch.”
However, Mourinho once again praised his team for their attitude during the same, saying: "I am very happy with the players’ attitude. I had guys on the pitch who played two hours a couple of days ago. They gave everything. We had guys in difficulty.
“A team that is not united, not together would be punished. But I saw guys giving everything so I have nothing to say against my players despite a couple of defensive mistakes that are always present.”