‘Expose his fragilities’ – Mourinho explains his decisions with Ndombele’s development

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Jose Mourinho was asked about Tanguy Ndombele’s development at Tottenham in his pre-match press conference for the Liverpool clash today.

The Frenchman endured a tricky first season in North London, with Mourinho even publicly calling him out after taking him off at half-time against Burnley.

Ndombele struggled for minutes in the second half of the 2019/20 season but has well and truly put those troubles behind him this year.

The midfielder is now seemingly one of the first names on the teamsheet and is starting to add goals to his game with three strikes in his last two appearances against Wycombe and Sheffield United.

Ndombele now has six goals and three assists in all competitions this season (TransferMarkt).

Mourinho revealed that the decisions he made with Ndombele last season were to do with exposing his fragilities in order to improve. He added that the club did not want to play the record signing when he was not yet ready to play.

He said (Football London): “Was him, his responsibility.

“We always showed him the right way and demand a lot from him. If I did anything positive with him I believe it was not to play him when he was not in real conditions to play.

“I believe that we used some of matches last season to expose his fragilities at the time.”

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