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Jose Mourinho conducted an emotional and tense interview after Tottenham were left humiliated in Zagreb.
The Spurs boss' interview with BT Sport lasted eight minutes as he refused to shy away from questions on his darkest night in European football.
Tottenham had a 2-0 lead going into the second leg at Dinamo, but lost 3-0 on the night.
Mislav Orsic's hat-trick was completed with a stunning strike in extra-time, and it dumped Spurs out of the Europa League.
Here is every word that Mourinho said in that post-match interview…
QUESTION: What happened?
“Good question. If I forget the last 10 minutes of the extra-time, where we did something to get a different result and to go through, in the 90 minutes and the first half of the extra-time was one team that decided to leave everything on the pitch.
“They left everything there, they left sweat, they left energy, they left blood, at the end of the game they left even tears of happiness. Very humble, very committed and I have to praise them.
“On the other side, my team, and I repeat, my team, I am there, that didn’t look like they were playing an important match.
“If for any one of them it was not important match, for me it is because of the respect I have for my career and for my own job. Every match is an important match for me.
“I believe for every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters and another attitude is needed.
“To say that I feel sad is not enough because what I feel goes much further than sadness. I just left Dinamo dressing room where I went there to praise the guys, and I feel sorry that one team that is not my team won the game based on attitude, based on compromise.
“So I feel more than sad and that’s it. Football is not just about players that think they have more quality than others, the basic of football goes beyond that. The basic of football is the attitude and they beat us on that.
“Many times I fear my thoughts, my feelings but I don’t ban myself in a sense I always share them.
“Before the game I told the players the risks of a bad attitude. At half-time, even at 0-0, I told the players the risk of playing the way we were playing.
“And it happened, because I believe the players only realised the game was at risk when they scored the second goal and it went to extra-time.”
QUESTION: Arsenal defeat, now this. What is missing compared to previous teams? Where are the winners?
“I don’t think you can expect me, in front of cameras, to go as deep as that.
“I never like the feeling of some guys in football that say ‘I won, they lost’. I don’t like this feeling. For me, it’s we won, we drew, we lost.
“I don’t go and run away from that, I’m going to stick with that. I”m disappointed with a difference in attitude between one team and another.
“I repeat, because I don’t want any doubts about it, I feel sorry that MY team – I belong to that team – I feel that MY team didn’t bring to the game, I feel, not just the basics of football but the basics of life, which is to respect our jobs and give everything.”
QUESTION: Mighty blow to the club – Glenn Hoddle said “sisastrous and diabolical”. Does it hurt you Jose to hear that?
“No. Mr Hoddle, of course, is a legend at the club and every word that he says, sometimes negative, sometimes positive, has to be respected.
“But I do not needed Mr Hoddle’s words to feel hurt and as I said, more than sad. Sad is not enough.
“I totally respect everything that somebody connected or not connected with the club says about us tonight.
“I think we have to accept. The problem will be if some accept in a positive way in a sense of feeling hurt and ashamed with the critics.
“Another story is if you don’t feel it, if you don’t care, if you don’t read, and that is a much deeper problem.
“But I repeat, I don’t need external critics because I feel deeply hurt with what happened with my team.”
QUESTION: It is the kind of night where careers change course; may you have to make decisions on the back of tonight?
“Well, I accept that but we are in a situation where in this moment I don’t want to go, especially with you, when I say you I mean press and people at home, Tottenham fans and football fans, I don’t think it is for me to go in that direction.
“I don’t want to say much more than that. On behalf of my team, in spite of maybe some of them, they don’t share my feelings and my emotions, I can only apologise to the Tottenham supporters.
“I hope that the players feel the same way that I feel.
“In the Europa League it’s not the first time.
“Today is, of course, live or die and in this moment we died. But it’s a feeling I have, and some other matches I had the same feeling, but until the last day of the season we have to try to do our best.”
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