Video: Mourinho admits Spurs ‘missed a presence in the box’ against Chelsea

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho admitted that his side missed a physical presence up front against Chelsea but insisted that he could not take any risks given Tottenham’s match against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

As expected, the Spurs boss rang the changes for the clash, with only Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris keeping their place in the starting eleven from the Newcastle game.

While Tottenham started with Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela upfront, Mourinho eventually turned to Harry Kane in the second half as the England captain came on for an impressive cameo.

Here’s what Mourinho told Sky Sports about the selection dilemmas he faced after his side overcame the Blues on penalties to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

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Jose and the coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for the way they have managed the squad through this busy period. There were several eyebrows raised at the starting eleven yesterday but I thought Jose changed formation at the right time. Not only have we come away with no additional injuries but we could now name a strong side on Thursday.

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