Mourinho blasts Tottenham players: ‘My future choices will be easy’
Jose Mourinho was highly critical of his squad in the wake of his team’s defeat to Royal Antwerp in the Europa League.
The manager made nine changes to the squad that won 1-0 against Burnley in the Premier League. However, he lamented the fact that these players could not take their chance, and now his selection of his team will be easy for him. He said after the 1-0 defeat:
“I don’t want to analyse individually.
“It’s fair to say that players with bad performances influence the team but also a team influence individual performances. It’s not for me to individualise and bring some names to the table. You can do that yourself. 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.
“You know what our best team is. I always like to think the players deserve an opportunity. We have a big squad with lots of good players. It’s my responsibility to give them opportunities but it’s also their opportunity to catch the chance with both hands and ask for more. Tonight shows my future choices are going to be very easy.”
Dele Alli started the match but was hauled off at half-time along with three other players. Speaking about the substitution, he said:
“I would like to make 11 [changes]! I didn’t make five as I was afraid of a long 45 minutes.
“There is only one person to blame, that’s me. I chose the players to start. At half-time, I tried to improve the situation but it was not enough. The dynamic of the first half was there, it was difficult to change.
“Antwerp also changed. In the first half, it was very easy to play with lots of space in between the lines to punish them which we didn’t. Second half we improved but they played in a different way, they restricted spaces. It was very difficult. In the end, Antwerp got what they deserved. I am calm with it. The best team won and the worst team lost.”