Mourinho blasts his players for lacklustre attitude which lead to Europa League exit in Zagreb
A shocking performance saw Spurs crash out of a cup they might have expected to win as they allowed Dinamo Zagreb to claw their way to an extra-time win.
Two goals from Harry Kane in the first leg seemed to have put the north Londoners well on the way to the quarter-finals, but they were found wanting in Croatia and a sublime hat-trick from Mislav Orsic dumped them out.
A furious Jose Mourinho said: "I am disappointed for a difference of attitude of one team to another. I feel sorry that my team is the team that didn't bring to the game not just the basics of football but the basics of life, which is to respect our jobs and to give everything.
"I can only apologise to the Tottenham supporters. I hope they feel the same way I feel. Today is live or die - and in this moment, we die.
"For the respect I have for my career and my job, every match is important. For every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters. Another attitude is needed. What I feel is much more than sadness."
The Portuguese boss said after the match: "I just left the Dinamo dressing room where I went to praise the guys and I feel sorry it is not my team who won the game based on attitude and compromise. I feel more than sad.
"Football is not just about players who think they have more quality than others. The basis of football is attitude. They beat us on that."