Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he left Tanguy Ndombele out of the clash against Royal Antwerp as a precaution and that the Frenchman should be fit to play against Brighton on Sunday.
Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Royal Antwerp on Thursday was their first defeat in eleven matches in all competitions and Mourinho was pretty scathing in his criticism of the players after the game (Football.London).
Mourinho made several changes for the clash in Belgium and even decided to leave Ndombele and Eric Dier back in London.
The players who were given an opportunity on Thursday failed to make it count as the North Londoners struggled to create too many clear-cut openings and could have easily lost by a bigger margin has the home side taken their chances.
The Tottenham head coach admitted that Spurs missed Ndombele’s quickness of thought and revealed that he expects him to be available when the Seagulls visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
When asked about the midfielder, he said (via PA Sport’s Jonathan Veal): “Tanguy felt just a little sign of fatigue in a muscular area and he was also protected.
“Normally Friday he is training as normal and is ready to play Sunday, and to be honest we missed him – because he gives speed to the team.
“Thinking quick, thinking fast, moving the ball quick and fast, we missed him.”
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Mourinho’s comments about Ndombele sheds some light into his frustration with Dele. While the likes of Tanguy and Lamela provide the intensity that Jose is looking for in his number 8, Dele seems to hold on to the ball a bit too long and delay the pass unnecessarily on occasions.
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