Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho takes no prisoners in post-match comment
Spurs fell 1-0 on the night to the Belgians in their second Europa League group stage fixture of the season. It was the club’s first loss since their Premier League opener against Everton.
It was a much-changed team that took to the pitch compared to the one that beat Burnley last Monday. Given Mourinho’s comments, the performance could mean the death knell for some players.
Rather than see his fringe players take their chance, Mourinho was instead left frustrated. Four players including Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius, and Giovani Lo Celso were all taken off at half-time following insipid outings.
The manager, to his credit, refused to call out individual players publically. However, it is now clear that he knows who gets more playtime than others in the coming weeks.
“You always tell me ‘why is this player not playing, why is this player not playing’ – maybe you don’t ask me that for a few weeks as you have the answer.”
Mourinho admitted that it is his responsibility to ensure the squad at his disposal is used to the fullest. However, players will also have to grab their opportunity when it is given to them.
It is fair to say so that the ones on the field in Belgium failed to do so. This has led to Mourinho hint at sticking to a favoured line-up in the days to come.
“Tonight shows my future choices are going to be very easy.”
The boss was also gracious enough to admit that the best team on the night won. The players we have out there were, and should have been capable of holding their own. It is about time a manager called a spade as it is.
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The result was a complete antithesis of the good vibe surrounding the club at this time. Thankfully, we now have a man at the helm who will not accept anything but the best. Unless we can perform on a consistent basis, hopes of us usurping the teams above us will remain an unfulfilled dream.