Jose Mourinho praises these two Spurs stars for second-half performances at Burnley

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It was a tale of two halves for Tottenham Hotspur today against Burnley at Turf Moor, as the Lilywhites were once again guilty of a slow start in the Premier League.

Chris Wood tapped home to put Burnley 1-0 up early on in the match after a Hugo Lloris error in the box. The home side went on to dominate the entirety of the first 45 minutes.

However, Jose Mourinho made two changes to the heart of his team in the second half, taking off Oliver Skipp and Tanguy Ndombele for Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura.

Dier came into midfield with Lo Celso, Spurs switched to a back four, and Moura went up into a right-forward position.

The Argentine absolutely ran the show for the next 30 minutes, creating space and chances for his teammates time and time again. He almost even scored the winner with a curled effort after Alli had dispatched a penalty to make it 1-1.

Lucas Moura was also a constant threat between the lines with his dribbling ability, winning multiple fouls in the second 45.

Mourinho praised both of his half-time substitutes (Football London): “I don’t want to take credit from Burnley at all. But why didn’t they adapt in the second half? Because in the second half it was more difficult for them. In the second half, we had Lo Celso that wanted the ball all the time. We had Lo Celso also with a fantastic selection of passes, I think he lost a dangerous ball minute 80 something. He was fantastic with the ball. Every time Lucas was dropping between the lines and they couldn’t stop him. A few yellow cards stopping the game intelligently. The difference was made by the players. The players made the difference.”

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