Jose Mourinho responded to Glenn Hoddle after he branded Spurs ‘diabolical’ following their disastrous Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs’ week started with a north London derby defeat to Arsenal and it got worse as a sensational hat-trick from Mislav Orsic, completed at the very start of the second period of extra-time, gave the Croatian side a 3-2 aggregate victory over the Premier League club.
Spurs’ only hope of ending their 13-year wait for a trophy lies with the Carabao Cup, where they play Manchester City in the final in April.
And former Spurs manager Hoddle ripped into the Lilywhites after the match, saying: “It was a disastrous performance, a disastrous result for the club. Spurs were diabolical. Mentally, they got it wrong right through the game.”
And Hoddle’s comments were put to Mourinho in his post-match interview.
“No. Mr Hoddle, of course, is a legend at the club and every word that he says, sometimes negative, sometimes positive, has to be respected,” he told BT Sport.
“But I do not need Mr Hoddle’s words to feel hurt and as I said, more than sad. Sad is not enough.
“I totally respect everything that somebody connected or not connected with the club says about us tonight.
“I think we have to accept. The problem will be if some accept in a positive way in a sense of feeling hurt and ashamed with the critics.
“Another story is if you don’t feel it, if you don’t care, if you don’t read, and that is a much deeper problem.
“But I repeat, I don’t need external critics because I feel deeply hurt with what happened with my team.”