‘Team needed him’ – Mourinho praises Steven Bergwijn after two games in 48 hours

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Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a rather successful week in all competitions, despite being held to a draw at home to Newcastle in the Premier League.

A rather controversial VAR handball decision left the Lilywhites reeling on Sunday evening as they dropped two points against the Magpies.

However, Mourinho and his boys picked themselves up and dusted themselves off in time for a heroic display against Chelsea on Tuesday.

A significantly weakened Spurs side defeated the Blues on penalties to book their place in the quarter-finals where they will face Stoke City.

Two days later, Spurs walked out onto the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium turf yet again to face Maccabi Haifa in their final Europa League qualifier.

Led by a Harry Kane hat-trick and Giovani Lo Celso brace, Spurs beat Haifa 7-2 on the night the progress through the the group stages of the competition.

While Steven Bergwijn didn’t score in either of the two mid-week fixtures, he did play the majority of both and his efforts were appreciated by his coach.

Mourinho said (Football London): “He was really good and the team needed him. He was very, very important. He created and he dropped. Sorry for him that he didn’t score. Physically he’s getting stronger and we now have great options there.”

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