Mourinho praises NUFC star & Steve Bruce – & makes telling VAR joke after bizarre 1-1 draw

Jose Mourinho has labelled Steve Bruce as a “very intelligent guy” following our dramatic 1-1 draw with Spurs on Sunday.

The ‘Special One’ also heaped praise on his ‘man of the match’ Karl Darlow for his heroics between the sticks, and hit out at the VAR controversy that surrounded our late equaliser – saying he won’t say too much as he’d rather give money to charity then say what he thinks and receive a fine from the FA!

Here is what he told the press after the game, with the Spurs boss doing well to keep a lid on his emotions after what proved to be a frustrating day for Tottenham:

“If I want to give money away, I will give it to charities, not to the FA.”

“I think at half-time, Bruce was super happy with the result at 1-0.

“He is a very intelligent guy, a very experienced guy and a good friend.

“He knows football up and down.

“He knew at half-time, it could have been 3-0 or 4-0. The only thing I wanted to say is my team played very well.

“I want to be on the bench next match and I don’t want to be fined (so I don’t want to talk about the penalty).

“I think the boy Darlow was the man of the match, unless you want to give it to some other people that are not a player.

Their goalkeeper is there to save, he was fantastic.”

Spurs should have put the game to bed by half-time and will rightly feel aggrieved at the decision to award us a 96th minute penalty.

The new handball ruling is ridiculous but we’ll happily take a point that papers over some concerning cracks from a Toon perspective.

Three shots on target (one being the penalty) in three games is not good enough and our performance levels have to improve against Burnley next weekend in a game where we will be expected to be on the front foot.

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