Former Sunderland striker Kevin Philipps has expressed his amazement at Jose Mourinho’s comments following the defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the quarter final of the Champions League came to a disappointing conclusion after a toothless performance against the German opposition saw them lose 3-0 on the night, following the 1-0 loss in North London last month.
After the encounter at the Red Bull Arena, the Spurs head coach claimed that the entire RB Leipzig bench would have been named in his starting eleven for the match (Sky Sports).
The Portuguese was without the services of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies and Juan Foyth for the match.
Phillips believes that Mourinho’s verdict are an insult towards the Tottenham players who took to the pitch and admits that he would be disappointed to hear such words if he was in the side.
The former striker claims that Mourinho’s comments could have been aimed at Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis.
“Mourinho knows what he is saying, he is not daft,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“He is clever in what he says and getting his message out there, whether that is a reminder to the owner that he needs players in the summer, funds need to be made available.
“If I am a player out there, running around, putting a shift in and your manager says that their bench could get in our starting eleven I would be gutted.
“That, from your own manager? Wow. I understand what he is saying because at the moment they probably could! But whether it is right or wrong…”
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