Mourinho opens up on Ndombele absence and risks with Alderweireld and Aurier

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho revealed after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal that Tanguy Ndombele only dropped out of the North London Derby this morning.

The Spurs head coach claimed that the club decided Ndombele was not in a good condition to play, which is why Lo Celso started and the Frenchman didn’t even make the bench.

Mourinho also revealed that Serge Aurier had a problem during the warm-up for the match itself, although the Special One did not have to change his starting XI in the end.

As well as fresh injuries, Mourinho welcomed back Hugo Lloris, Sergio Reguilon, Toby Alderweireld, and Harry Kane against the Gunners.

He claimed that there were risks in starting the latter three, as they could have pulled up with similar injuries to Arsenal’s Thomas Partey who was forced to exit the game at half-time.

Fortunately, the returning quartet all made it through the game, with a clean sheet and two goals to make it all the sweeter.

Mourinho said (Football London): “It was difficult because Hugo was a doubt, Toby was not a doubt but the same thing that happened to Partey could have happened because when you come from a muscular injury there is a percentage of risk.

“Reguilon the same, Harry Kane the same. Then before the game in the warm-up Serge Aurier, I was almost changing the bench to have a right-back on the bench. We decided not to do it, but we felt that pressure of the risk.

“Also Tanguy Ndombele, only today we decided he was not in good condition to play, so it was difficult. The team is very strong, Lo Celso replaced Tanguy and was very good. I am happy with the players’ mentality, they are in a good place.”

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