Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has said getting knockedout of the Europa League last 32 by Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday is beyond hurtful.
The Lillywhites traveled to Croatia with a 2-0 lead from the first leg in London, before a disastrous 3-0 defeat sent Spurs packing.
"They left everything there, sweat, energy, blood. In the end they let even tears of happiness out. Very humble. Very committed. I have to praise them,” Mourinho credited Zagreb.
The former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United manager added to express deep disappointment in his players.
"On the other side, my team, I am there, didn't look like they were playing an important match. If for any one of them, it is not an important match... for me it is, for the respect I have for my own career and job. Every match is an important match for me.
"For every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters. Another attitude is needed. To say that I feel sad is not enough. What I feel goes much further than sadness,” Jose said.
The Portuguese concluded to stress that the match was essentially won not by playing ability, but on pure attitude shown on the pitch.
"I just left Dinamo's dressing room, I went there to praise the guys and I feel sorry that one team that is not my team won the game based on attitude, based on compromise. I feel more than sad. That's it.
"Football is not just about players who have more quality than others. The basics of football go beyond that. It's the attitude and they beat us on that.
"Many teams I fear my thoughts, my feelings. But I don't blame myself in the sense that I always share them. Before the game I told the players the risk of a bad attitude and even at half-time at 0-0, the risk of playing the way we were playing,” he concluded.