Jose Mourinho takes sly dig at Matt Doherty after debut


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho questioned the fitness of new Matt Doherty after his side's 1-0 defeat to Everton.

The Irishman was making his debut for the club since his move from Wolves.

But it couldn't have gone worse for Spurs as they stuttered and spluttered to a home loss on the opening weekend.
Jose Mourinho's Tottenham were beaten by Everton to kick off the season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header secured all three points for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

Doherty was whipped off in the second half -- leading Mourinho to question some of his side's fitness issues.

“I could also feel some of my players are not fit. Matt (Doherty) was struggling to play the way he plays, as an example.

“We also had other players who were I think a bit in trouble with the physical point of view, due to the very strange reasons for some and for some not even a pre-season.


“But congratulations to my dear friend Carlo (Ancelotti) and the Everton boys.”

Mourinho was also critical of the match officials after the game.

He said they let the free-kick, which led to Calvert-Lewin’s goal, be taken five metres further forward.

“It’s not an excuse for the result or the defeat and not a good performance. But with so many officials on the line, to take a free-kick a minimum of five metres distance, I feel it’s incredible.

“As I was saying before the goal, I was already saying that to the referees. Five metres difference on the crossing situation makes a huge difference in the position of our back-line and in the direction of the cross.

“But I don’t want to say too much on this. The referee’s there, the guys in VAR are in contact with him, the linesman is a few metres away, the fourth official is a few metres away. You don’t need my players to complain I believe.”