Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura enjoyed another fine display against Newcastle United last night in the Premier League, following his impressive outing against Arsenal.
The Brazilian started yet another match under Jose Mourinho, this time occupying the right-wing rather than the deeper left-midfield role we saw him in against the Gunners.
Once again, the Spurs attacker put in a huge defensive shift for his time, while also being the primary ball carrier in the first half with his expert dribbling.
Moura was forced off early against the Magpies in what turned out to be a crucial 3-1 win after seemingly picking up a knock.
The Brazilian was replaced by Steven Bergwijn in the 57th minute after a collision with his own teammate left him down and holding his ankle.
Asked in his post-match press conference, Mourinho revealed that he does not think the Moura knock will be an issue ahead of the final two games of the season.
He said (Football London): “I don’t think it’s an issue. I think it’s just super fatigue, exhausted people. I had the feeling of starting the game with fresh players and leave Lucas and Son on the bench. My feeling was if they go on the bench when they come in, they come in tired. They would be tired anyway.
“So I thought it was better to start with the same players who started against Arsenal. Let us see where they could go, like it happened with Gio [Lo Celso] and Lucas and we had, of course, a couple more who were really, really tired.
“I had the feeling that the impact could be done by really, really fresh players. So for Stevie and Lamela to come from the bench with that energy I think was very important for us, because for us it was the fourth match with two days in between.
“Everton, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle with two days in between. To manage to take 10 points from these four matches is what keeps us in the fight.”
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