Post-Match – Mourinho on Kane, Ndombele, Lo Celso and Substitution

Post-Match - Mourinho on Kane, Ndombele, Lo Celso and Substitution

Tottenham picked up a 2-0 win over West Ham last night and Harry Kane managed to get back on the score sheet with a well-taken goal.

The England international has not been at his best this season due to injury issues and Mourinho was recently criticized for stifling the forward’s game with his tactics.

The Spurs boss seemed happy to with Kane’s performance and claimed that the goal is good for the player’s morale and even better for the team. 

He said: “It’s good for Harry, of course, it is because strikers, their happiness comes from team victories but also from numbers and goals they score. It was very good for him but even better for us.”

The Portuguese manager went on to quash the reports regarding a rift with Tanguy Ndombele as well.

Reports from France claim that the midfielder no longer wants to work with Mourinho and their relationship has broken down.

The player wasn’t used against West Ham and Mourinho has revealed that he did not need the midfielder against the Hammers. 

He said: “No. On the bench was Tanguy, Sessegnon, Toby, Vertonghen, Gedson and they didn’t play. That’s football. For me there’s nothing. I had attacking players on the bench, Lamela and Bergwijn. Two great players to bring on and then Winks to give us more consistency. This situation of the five changes, some people maybe think that you have to use all five changes. You don’t have to do it. You have the chances to do it. 

“You know, it’s not just him. I try to do the best for my team. I cannot start the game with 12 or 13 players, I try to do the best for the team. Sometimes I apologise to my players that are not my first choice because I feel their work in training deserves something more than I give but I have to do my job the best I can and I felt for these two matches I didn’t need him.”

The Spurs boss also explained how a change in approach during the half time allowed Spurs to break down the West Ham defence.

Mourinho stated that Spurs struggled in the first half but they were more precise and intense in the second half. After the first goal went in, the game was more open and it allowed Spurs to create chances. 

Finally, the Tottenham manager explained why he let Lo Celso play for the entire ninety minutes despite the player being short on match fitness.

Mourinho explained: “For example Lo Celso today I was thinking not to give him 90 minutes and then in the end, when I was communicating with him the feedback was always I’m fine.”