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Jose Mourinho slams "VAR mistakes" as he heaps praise on Tottenham’s attackers

Jose Mourinho has claimed he has learned to live with refereeing mistakes – but he can never accept VAR errors.

The Tottenham boss said Jordan Pickford and Ilkay Gundogan both escaped punishment for bad challenges last week despite clear video evidence.

The Everton keeper clattered Virgil van Dijk while the Manchester City midfielder stood on the leg of Porto's No.1 Agustin Marchesin before his side were awarded a penalty.

And the Tottenham boss said: “I think the attention is based on the fact that there is a VAR. Without VAR, the situations on the pitch happen and the human being, the referee, makes mistakes.

"And you know me for quite a few years – it was difficult for me to accept the human mistakes but I learned and in this moment, I always accept the referee’s mistakes.

“What we don’t accept is the VAR mistakes. So I think if the referee of that match [the Merseyside derby], 100 mph, the situation happened, the linesman gives an offside, everybody would say: 'Ok, it was a bad tackle but it happened and it’s done'.

“But the problem was there was a VAR. The Porto goalkeeper could be now with a broken leg. And nobody understands how a broken leg for a Porto goalkeeper is transformed into a penalty against them.

"If the referee makes that mistake, everybody understands because the game is 100mph but with the VAR, how can that VAR make that mistake? And the situation of Pickford for me is the same. It’s the VAR, it’s not the referee.”

Mourinho has also claimed it is “fun” to be an attacker in his Tottenham team.

And the Portuguese boss said he is only sorry that Spurs fans cannot be in the stadiums to witness their goal-fest this season

Spurs have already scored 31 times all competitions this season – the most of all Premier League teams.

On-loan Gareth Bale made his first start off the bench in the Europa League, Kane tops the assists table while Son Heung-min has netted nine times in the last six games.

“He is in a good moment and the team, too,” said Mourinho. “Which attacking player is not playing well? Nobody. The team, the way we are playing, I think it’s good fun to be an attacking player in our team.

“I am enjoying it too but I’m sad with the empty stadiums. Teams are playing with some fans, I’m not even speaking about full stadiums but with some fans.

"In the majority of countries it’s possible and we are going to have that next week in Belgium. It would be really great fun.

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"I think the Tottenham fans, they have a little bit of that in their DNA – quality players, attacking players, attacking style. They would enjoy to be here to watch it.”

The Portuguese, who takes his side to Burnley on Monday night, has a reputation for pragmatism rather than party football.

But Mourinho said: “Depends on the team. They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team that scored 121 goals in the league.

"If they say that about the way to finish second with Manchester United or last season to try to get a way to finish top six and to be in the Europa League, I think they are right.

“In Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way.

"I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid, confident – to have a go. So we need to find that balance.

“We need to be able to play with all these attacking players and have the team with everybody ready to be organised defensively and not to give space to the opponent.

"And behind, we need to improve in some details – that’s obvious. You look to our squad and incredible quality and numbers and options from midfield to attack and we are trying to find solutions and we are trying to be organised. It’s a process."

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