Journalist reveals why Joao Sacramento was not on Spurs bench against Man City

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Jose Mourinho Joao Sacramento
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Some Tottenham fans may have been left wondering where Joao Sacramento was during the club’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

The cameras did not pick up the Tottenham first-team assistant coach as he was nowhere to be seen on the bench, with Ledley King instead serving as Mourinho’s right-hand man in the dugout.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, who was in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium covering the match, has revealed that Sacramento was instead sitting five or six rows up in the West Stand directly above the dugout.

The 31-year-old, who was presumably there to get a better view of the pitch in order to deduce Manchester City’s shape, was reportedly focused on a tablet at his desk for the majority of the game.

Gold revealed that he was also constantly shouting down to Mourinho and King on the bench. It remains to be seen if this will be a regular occurrence from now on or simply a one-off since.

Either way, it is fair to say that it worked as Spurs stopped the away side from creating clear-cut chances, while also exploiting the space left behind by their midfielders and in-behind their defence on the counter-attack.

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