Mourinho reacts to Tanguy Ndombele performance and how often he was fouled

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Tanguy Ndombele
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Tottenham Hotspur recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Croatian league leaders Dinamo Zagreb in North London last night.

It was the first leg of their Round of 16 clash with Zagreb in the Europa League and Spurs will now fly to Croatia for the away match next week.

While Harry Kane will take the headlines for his incredible display and two goals on the night, one man who also impressed was Spurs record signing, Tanguy Ndombele.

The Frenchman started in a midfield pairing with his fellow countryman, Moussa Sissoko, and controlled the game from the first minute.

His effortless dribbling and the way he glides across the turf was a pleasure to watch, but the Dinamo Zagreb players had clearly come up with a game plan to stop him – foul him.

It looked as if the midfielder was destined to win a penalty for the home side when he nutmegged his man and went to run past him in the box only to be chopped down. However, the referee waved play on and the VAR saw nothing wrong in the replays.

Jose Mourinho reacted to Ndombele’s performance and his treatment after the game. One journalist pointed out that he was kicked very often, to which he replied (Football London): “Yeah, he was.

“But he didn’t get a penalty and he didn’t get many yellow cards and if he got one it was too much.

“He dribbles, he is very strong on one against one and people try to stop him and it is up to the ref to analyse it and say enough is enough, but that is the way it is.

“I like when the referees they try not to give very easy cheap yellow cards, that I understand. The penalty for me is a penalty. but his decision was no. The VAR was no too, and we have to accept that.”

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