Jose Mourinho is jealous of the strikers Chelsea have in their disposal.
“It’s very difficult,” he told a post-match news conference. “The next three months are going to be very difficult.
“In three or four weeks, [Moussa] Sissoko is back, and he’s not a striker but he is another solution for us. I hope that by April, Sonny or Harry [Kane] makes a fantastic recovery like Hugo Lloris did.
“Hugo came to play a couple of weeks before the expected time. Nobody expected him to come when he did.
“So with effort of the players, the medical people, the sports science people that work with the injured players, let’s hope it’s not until the end of the season. Not months but weeks, like Simon [Felstein, head of communications at Tottenham] says [when confirming Son’s injury].”
Mourinho added: “Look at Chelsea. They played the striker of the world champions [France international Giroud].
“On the bench was the second striker of England after Harry Kane [Abraham], in the stands the second striker of the Belgium national team [Batshuayi].
“We have zero strikers on the pitch, zero on the bench, zero in the stands. We have two in the hospital. That’s the situation, an incredibly negative situation.
“I’m very proud of the boys, I cannot ask more from them. I am happy with them.”
“We started the game thinking, ‘Lucas and Bergwijn they are still more or less fresh, so let’s try’. We tried, we didn’t score,” he said. “[Willy] Caballero made a great save.
“We know we cannot create lots of chances. So, in the last part of the game, what’s the plan late in the game? We bring on [Erik] Lamela if we can. We bring on Dele.
“We didn’t have a presence in the box, the opposition is going to try with the low block, so let’s try to have one with Dele. We are trying to do things but it’s very difficult for us.”