Antwerp (dpa) – Star coach José Mourinho of Tottenham Hotspur may not think much about the line-up of his team in the future.
“You know who our best team is. But I always think players deserve a chance because we have a big squad. But my future decisions will be very easy,” said the Portuguese (57) after the embarrassing 1-0. -Defeat of his Spurs in the Europa League at FC Antwerp. The game confirmed a number of things for him, raised other question marks and “will help me make decisions in the future. I also learn new things every day.”
Mourinho addressed the journalists directly, saying, “Before the matches, you always ask why he’s not playing or the player isn’t in the squad. Maybe you won’t do that for a few weeks because you have the answer.”
With the Belgians, the Mourinho team showed an indisputable performance on Thursday evening, after which “The Special One” did not skimp on self-criticism. “I chose the starting line-up. There is only one culprit. I am the boss and it is my responsibility that plays,” said Mourinho. Antwerp is first in group J with six points, Tottenham second with three points.
At halftime he would have liked to “replace eleven players”, with Mourinho making four substitutions. After 58 minutes, he brought striker Harry Kane for the returning Gareth Bale of the Spurs and had thus exhausted his substitution contingent. “I didn’t want to change five times during the break, because we had a long 45 minutes ahead of us. The better team won, the worst lost. We let them win,” said the coach, who took a picture of himself on Instagram. the team bus wrote: “Bad performances deserve bad results. I hope everyone on the bus is just as angry as I am. Practice tomorrow at 11:00.”