Jose Mourinho has bemoaned Tottenham’s injuries following his side’s 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig, insisting the match was like ‘going into battle with a gun without bullets.’
Spurs were outclassed by their German opponents in the first leg of their last-16 tie and were made to pay in the second half when Timo Werner fired home from the spot after Ben Davies’ clumsy challenge.
The north London club were without several key players for the match, including winger Heung-min Son, who Mourinho said may be out for the remainder of the season with a back injury.
And despite praising his side’s relentless efforts, the Portuguese lamented the injuries that have been plagued upon his squad.
He said: “The boys did everything they could. They are an amazing group with amazing guys that try everything.
“It’s like going into a fight with a gun without bullets. If we had scored before them, the game would have been different. We have a great keeper who made two amazing saves.
“We tried everything we could. I thank the fans for all the support for the boys. I am not worried with the 1-0, because we can perfectly go there and win the tie.”
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris called on Tottenham not to spend time looking for excuses as they bid to turn the tie on its head.
“After all that’s happened in the last few months and weeks, we need to keep positive. It’s not the time to give up or find excuses,” Lloris told BT Sport.
“We need to fight until the end. We don’t have time to think too much.
“We’re not really happy with the result but we have to deal with that. Let’s hope we can try to create another story.
“Listen, I want to stay positive, especially after what we’ve seen in the last 20 minutes.
“If we’d started the game in the same way the score would be different. But there’s a second leg, we still have a chance.”