Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed every stories suggesting a riff between him and the club records signing Tanguy Ndombele who has missed Spurs first two games after resumption from suspension.
Not long after Tottenham’s 2-0 home win against West Ham, there were reports emerging in France claiming Ndombele had told Mourinho he is no longer interested in playing for the club.
“No. On the bench was Tanguy, [Ryan] Sessegnon, Toby [Alderweireld], [Jan] Vertonghen, Gedson [Fernandes] and they didn’t play,” said Mourinho as he moved to quash the rumour.
“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.
“I felt that the team was fine.
“I never believed that 2-0 was a completely safe result because they were trying everything and one goal could change the state of mind and give them the motivation in the final minutes so I decided to keep the team stable and three changes was enough.
“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 Portuguese Manager stated.
Tottenham win saw them pile pressure on Manchester United on the Champions League spot as they close the gap to 1point with United set to battle Shelfield United later tonight.