Jose Mourinho has hit out at suggestions that Harry Kane was ‘clever’ in the way he won a penalty in Tottenham’s victory over Brighton and has criticised rival players from Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool of winning cheap decisions.
Spurs were awarded a penalty in their 2-1 win at the weekend after Harry Kane had backed into Adam Lallana inside Brighton’s area.
But Mourinho has defended Kane and is unhappy with the insinuation that the England captain was aiming to win a penalty rather than have an attempt on goal.
The Tottenham manager also believes more focus should be placed on attacking players from United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
‘I never spoke about penalties, that’s not part of the things we want to improve,’ said Mourinho.
‘You are confused because you could be speaking about some Manchester United players, you could be some Manchester City players, you could be speaking about some Liverpool players, you could be speaking about some Chelsea players.
‘And you are speaking about Harry Kane who was in a position to control the ball in a dangerous position and Lallana comes with a very reckless action and commits a foul.
‘What are you speaking about, ‘being clever’ or ‘not being clever’? Being clever is to hold the ball, shoot and score.
‘It was a foul. What is the media speaking about? What are you speaking about? It’s a foul, direct free-kick or penalty. It’s for the VAR to decide, it’s for the referee to decide.
‘The referee decided a direct free-kick. I was okay because from my distance I thought, ‘okay, maybe it was a direct free-kick’. But then the VAR said it was inside, like it happened in another match in the previous fixture, outside or inside, and VAR decided it was inside because it was on the line.
‘If you want to speak about that game you have to speak about something that happened that could have had a direct impact on the result of the game which was their goal. There is no more story. What are you speaking about us?
‘Speak about Liverpool, speak about Man City, speak about Man United. Speak about these penalties you see the clever guy that comes, somebody blows and they are on the floor. Don’t speak about Harry Kane.’