‘Needs to be more physical’ – Mourinho gives constructive criticism to Carlos Vinicius

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho admitted that he was pleased to see Carlos Vinicius get off the mark in a Tottenham shirt last night but suggested that there is more to come from the Brazilian.

All of Vinicius’ starts for Tottenham so far have come in the Europa League and so it was not a surprise to see the Benfica loanee come back into the team against Ludogorets as Harry Kane was rested for the clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

Vinicius proved to be a good focal point in attack for the home side as the likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele were involved in some neat exchanges with the striker in the first half.

The Brazilian broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, latching on to a deflected Alli through ball and confidently stroking it into the back of the net.

Alli then unselfishly set Vinicius up for the second goal as he squared the ball to the Brazilian to tap into an empty net instead of going for goal himself.

The 25-year-old then turned provider in the second half as a neat touch in the box played the ball into Moura’s path to slam home Tottenham’s fourth of the night.

When asked about Vinicius’ showing, Mourinho told Football.London: “He is not playing a lot, especially in Premier League but he helped us to win the game at West Bromwich and in Europa League, he is doing okay and adapting. Today was good that he scored an important goal.

“The second one is 75 per cent Dele’s goal, but then in the second half he assists Lucas for his goal. He is a big boy, a strong boy and needs to be more physical in the Premier League but I am happy.

“It is good for the team to have that because for example last season, if Harry Kane needed a rest – we couldn’t and because Vinicius is here, the squad is much more balanced.”

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