Performance not good enough, but good enough to win. I am not saying a strong performance, I’m not saying a sharp performance but I say good enough to win. In a way they surprised us because of the way they played because since I remember Bournemouth in the Premier League I don’t remember them playing the way they did, but was an option and result for them as they have a point they wanted.
They played very direct, only direct. They didn’t move the ball in midfield in the first phase like they used to do and they made it more difficult for us with their approach.
I think we were not sharp. We were dominant behind, it was quite easy game behind, but then a lack of sharpness in attacking areas. I made changes and I think the changes helped to improve the team for the last part of the game, but we didn’t score.”
Jose on the penalty decision…
Credit to Bournemouth, they surprised me that they didn’t want to win they just want a point. But maybe they do the maths and they think a point gives them a chance. They are in a relegation fight and that is one of the worst emotional fights to have because it affects the future of everyone. I think they did what they wanted to do to try and have a point.
I am not saying that Harry Kane scores 100 per cent of his penalties, but it is very very high. Normally at minute five we would be winning 1-0 against a team in trouble, I think the game would be completely different.
Like Sheffield, the man of the match was not one of the players. But at Sheffield I could blame myself and the players, today I could not do that.
Who are you talking about when you talk about the decision?
The same referee that was the VAR against Sheffield United. [Michael Oliver] Yeah.
And you’ve watched it back and adamant it is a penalty?
You don’t think it was a penalty? Your opinion matters, you have the microphone. It’s not just my opinion, everyone in the world, everybody knows that is a penalty. And when I say everybody, I say everybody, everybody.
Why wasn’t it given?
I don’t know, I don’t know.
Do you feel fell prepared for that [Arsenal] game?
We are always prepared even if we have fatigue, even if we have problems, we always have to be prepared for that. They are resting for 48 hours, it’s not even 24 hours difference, it’s 48 hours.
We have to play and we are going to play and fight. I think we are maybe one or two points behind them, so if we win we pass them in the table and that has the objective.
How do you feel about taking a point tonight?
I feel that powerful people doesn’t like to be criticised. That’s my comment. And from here you can take it the way you want.
There was a big decision from the referee very early on in the match…
For the referee and the VAR referee. One because doesn’t see at five meters distance what everyone could see like us at 50m distance. Secondly because the VAR had all the opportunities to see what is obvious. I don’t go further than this. I stay here.
What about the rest of the game?
The rest of the game, and this is not critical at all because they are fighting for every point, it was just their decision to play different to what they used to do. Today they were more defensive and direct. They are a team that normally wants to have the ball and play. They didn’t. Everything was direct, direct, direct, direct, which is a tactical option that I don’t criticise. They made it difficult for us.
For a long time we were slow in our actions, we didn’t have sharpness in attacking areas. I made changes that I think improved the team. The team in the last 15-20 minutes was the period where we were more dominant, but again the game stopped too many times. I think the big moment of the game has one name but I’m tired to tell it. Enough is enough, everybody knows.
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Big game coming up at the weekend and you’ll need to be sharp for that one?
Arsenal resting for 48 hours already. Everybody enjoying a nice dinner and watching us on TV. In 48 hours we have to play but we will go.
Before the game you said you wanted to see more desire from your team, did you get enough of that?
Yeah. I think they didn’t give more today because they couldn’t. I think people think we have to play and forget what happened and keep moving and playing until the end. The reality is players feel decisions and they feel what we feel on the bench too. To me it wasn’t a surprise but it’s always a negative feeling when you have such a huge penalty and you have that decision against you.
After the game it wasn’t a question of attitude, it was a question of they couldn’t do more. How can I blame Gio Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko to be tired and not to be sharp? How can I blame some players in attacking to be lacking of that sharpness? I just can’t.