Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side were outclassed by RB Leipzig in the second leg of their last-16 tie, losing 3-0 in Germany and 4-0 on aggregate.
The result means it’s yet another trophy-less season for Spurs, who have already been knocked out of the League Cup and FA Cup.
To make matters worse, the north London side are eighth in the table, seven points behind the top four. A return to the Champions League next season looks almost impossible now.
So really, there’s not too much to be happy about at Tottenham these days.
Manager Jose Mourinho often cuts a frustrated figure and was even consoled by a journalist in his post-match press conference on Tuesday.
After answering questions, the Spurs boss was about to leave when a member of the media approached his desk and said: ‘Cheer up, it’s going to be alright.’
Mourinho, who looked utterly bemused, replied ‘what?’ before the reporter said: ‘This season, it’s going to be okay, cheer up.’
How odd. It’s very rare for a journalist to approach a manager after his press conference, let alone tell him to ‘cheer up’ after a shocking result.
Fair play to Mourinho for keeping his cool, but what was the reporter thinking? We’re not sure if he’s genuinely trying to console the Spurs boss, or just trying to mock him.
It’s just a really strange thing to say, especially when tension was probably running high in the room.
Tottenham were awful against Leipzig on Tuesday and put up little fight as Marcel Sabitzer’s brace and a late goal from Emil Forsberg dumped them out of the Champions League.
Now, attention must turn to Sunday’s crunch fixture with Manchester United. If Spurs want to keep their faint top-four hopes alive, three points will be crucial.
Cheer up though, Jose. There’s always Europa League football to look forward to if not.
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