Jose Mourinho reveals why Ndombele should be ‘very happy’ with his criticism

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Champions League last night against RB Leipzig, as the Germans put in a dominant 3-0 home display to add to their away goal.

Spurs conceded two goals early on and were never able to position themselves for any possibility of a comeback.

This pursuit of goals was not helped by the fact that three of the club’s biggest threats at the top end of the pitch, Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, and Steven Bergwijn were injured.

Jose Mourinho started the match with a midfield of Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso, with Dier stepping up and joining them on occasion.

However, record signing Tanguy Ndombele was left on the bench for the affair, having been taken off at half-time against Burnley at the weekend.

The Frenchman came under heavy criticism from Mourinho, who last night claimed that he is trying to help the midfield man by putting a little pressure on him.

He said (BT Sport – 10/03/20 – 20:00 onwards – as quoted by Standard): “The situation is not Joseé against Ndombele. It’s Jose with Ndombele.

“We are trying to help but it’s time to feel a little bit of pressure and see how he reacts. If you don’t share the same principles, it’s a bit difficult.

“I am here for him. We believe in his potential and we only demand from people with potential.

“So he should be very, very happy that I demand from him.”

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