"If the referees are not allowed to go to the screen and take the big decisions of the game, they have to change the name of the VAR and call it VR - video referee", said Mourinho. "We have lots of difficulties", Mourinho added.
Already missing long-term injury victims Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane, plus new signing Steven Bergwijn who was ineligible, the Portuguese had to field France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele who is not fully match-fit.
"They were fresher, had more intensity, they tried to win the game, they didn't want to defend the result or try to wait for something to happen, they were fearless and we had to cope with that with a game plan that was detail by detail".
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Jose Mourinho has recalled Jan Vertonghen to the back four with the defender partnering Toby Alderweireld so Davinson Sanchez is the man to drop to the bench. He is always respectful and always professional.
A survey released by YouGov on Tuesday showed that 67% of Premier League fans believe VAR has made football less enjoyable, while supporters are also in favour of the referee using the pitchside monitors. "I had to manage this chess game without pieces", he said. The referee... can make mistakes and I have full respect for them because it is very, very hard. With Hugo Lloris we were speaking about February and he came back in January.
There was a blow for the visitors before half-time when Ward-Prowse was stretchered off after needing oxygen for a knee injury suffered in a challenge with Sessegnon.
Finally, the visitors grabbed the lead when Ings scored on a curving strike just inside the post in the 72nd minute.
City suffered heatbreak at the hands of the Lilywhites, who escaped with a 2-1 victory thanks to Son Heung-min's victor after a Teemu Pukki penalty cancelled out Dele Alli's opener. The South Korean did the honours himself on the penalty try, stepping up to the spot and slotting the ball home for the victor.