Mourinho defends ‘best in Premier League’ Lloris amid Bale update

Some had criticised the long-serving Spurs captain after Sunday’s all-London clash after he was unsighted by a late Eberechi Eze free-kick that bounced off him before being turned home from close range by Jeffrey Schlupp.

That goal – along with some stellar late saves from home ‘keeper Vicente Guaita – rescued a deserved point for Palace in front of 2,000 returning home fans after Harry Kane had put the visitors ahead in SE25 with a swerving first-half shot that deceived Guaita.

Speaking after a result which left Tottenham’s lead at the Premier League summit vulnerable with Liverpool in action at Fulham later in the day, Mourinho refused to attach any blame to Lloris.

“My goalkeeper is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League so I would never be critical of the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, period,” he told reporters.

“If I have to blame anybody I have to blame ourselves, the team. The ones that win, the ones that draw and the ones that lose. Some guys they have the philosophy of they lost, we drew and I won but that’s not us.”

Tottenham were without Gareth Bale at Palace, with Mourinho revealing before kick-off that the Welshman was suffering with an illness but did not have coronavirus.

Bale is expected to return to the Spurs squad for Wednesday’s huge showdown with defending champions Liverpool at Anfield.

“He was ill, not Covid, not even flu that keeps you in bed for a week,” Mourinho said of the Real Madrid loanee, who has started just one league game since returning to north London in the summer.

“I believe for Wednesday he will be fine.”

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