Tottenham manager José Mourinho was very disappointed with the unexpected 0: 1 defeat in Antwerp in the second round of the Europa League basic group. The Portuguese coach gave the players a chance for a wider cadre, and according to him, some closed the door to the basic line-up by performing in Belgium.
Mourinho made nine line-up changes for the Antwerp duel against Monday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley in the Premier League. However, Tottenham lost from the 30th minute after the mistake of the defender Ben Davies, and the 57-year-old Portuguese therefore took a break to replace Del Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Giovani lo Cels and Carlos Vinícius.
“I didn’t use all five shifts just because I was still afraid of the very long second half,” Mourinha was quoted by Reuters. “But I’d rather replace all eleven players during the break,” added former coach of Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United or Inter Milan.
Mourinho admitted that he was unpleasantly surprised by the performance of the players in the wider staff. “We have a wide range of staff and a lot of quality footballers. And I think each of the players deserves a chance and it is my duty to give it to them. But they have a duty to catch that chance with both hands and talk about the next one. the selection of the set made it very easy, “ he declared.
Tottenham against Antwerp did not follow up on the opening 3-0 victory over Linz and, like the Austrian team, has three points in the group J table. The first is Antwerp with a full number of six points, the last Razgrad, where the Czech coach Pavel Vrba finished last week, has not scored yet.