Jose Mourinho defends Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Winks and Dele Alli
Both players departed the field to the dressing room shortly after the opener on the night in the 55th minute. While Winks started the game and was taken off, Alli was an unused substitute.
Alli returned to the touchline several minutes later before the end, but Winks was nowhere to be seen.
The pair have started just four of Spurs’ 11 league games between them this season and have fallen down the pecking order. While their actions may have been considered as a sign of dissent, Mourinho has ruled out any wrongful intent.
“I’m happy with that because I’m the one who told him to do it.”
If anything, they both are guilty of following the Spurs boss’ advice. Mourinho admitted that it was with his blessings that Winks departed the field on a cold night.
“I told every player that left the pitch to go, when the weather is cold, I prefer the players to go to the dressing room and have a shower and be warm and safe.”
While some players stayed on, Winks chose to go have a warm bath himself. Given the weather, it is perfectly understandable. It is good to see Mourinho come out and clarify matters before the media can spin their own tales.
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