Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praised three individuals from his team despite a defeat away to Chelsea over the weekend.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and it means they are now four points adrift of the top four positions.
Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso scored for the hosts, while a late Antonio Rudiger own goal set up a dramatic finish in stoppage.
But Spurs couldn’t get anything from their London rivals and were beaten in both league fixtures against them this season.
Mourinho did find some positivity from the efforts of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso after the Chelsea loss.
The Portuguese manager has voiced his frustration publicly about his frustration around the squad depth, which has been under scrutiny following the injuries to main duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
“I cannot ask more from them, especially Lucas, Lo Celso, Bergwijn these boys that are playing every minute and trying to do miracles in positions that are not their positions,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
Moura, Bergwijn and Lo Celso did put in a great shift for the visitors on Saturday, albeit the latter was fortunate not to be sent off by VAR for a challenge on opposition captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
But they were part of an XI that for pretty much all of the first-half defensively rigid and it was hard for them to really influence the play.
Attacking duo Moura and Bergwijn didn’t enjoy much joy going forward, while midfielder Lo Celso found it difficult against the experienced pairing of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
Mourinho doesn’t sound too pleased about the lack of options at his disposal, but Erik Lamela is coming back to fitness after back-to-back appearances from the bench and there is Dele Alli too to rotate with.