Mourinho denies rift with Tottenham outcast Ndombele

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Amid reports of an problem with all the midfielder, the Portuguese head trainer ignored the accusations

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho played down suggestions of a rift with Tanguy Ndombele later Spurs’ win over West Ham.

Ndombele, a club-record signing from Lyon to get a reported $60 million (Number 54m/$68m) a year ago, was an unused replacement as Tottenham listed a 2-0 win in the Premier League on Tuesday.

But reports from France reported the midfielder had informed Mourinho that he no longer wished to work together with him.

But, Mourinho dismissed suggestions of a debate, telling a news conference:”No. On the seat was Tanguy, was [Ryan] Sessegnon, Toby [Alderweireld], [Jan] Vertonghen. Who else? Gedson [Fernandes] and they did not play and that is soccer. For me personally, there’s nothing.

“I’ve attacking players on the seat, [Erik] Lamela and Harry [Winks], two good players to attract and then wings to provide us additional consistency. This situation of those five changes, a few people maybe believe you need to perform exactly the five changes, you do not need to take action, you have the opportunity to get it done.

“I felt the group was fine. I never thought that 2-0 was a totally safe result since of course they had been trying all and one aim could alter our frame of mind and provide them the inspiration they want for the very last minutes so I chose to keep the staff secure and three adjustments were sufficient.”

Mourinho added:”It is not only him, I attempt to do the very best for my group, I can’t begin the match with 12 or 13 gamers, I attempt to do the very best for the group.

“Occasionally I apologise for my players who aren’t my first pick because I believe the job in coaching is something which deserves more than that which I provide, but I must do my job the best I could and that I felt for both of these games I did not want him.”

Spurs are in the table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, following a Tomas Soucek personal target and Harry Kane strike.

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Mourinho said he cautioned his players of the significance of claiming three points once they had been flat in half-time.

“First of all, the 3 factors weren’t significant, they had been crucial. I informed the players who in half-time,” he explained.

“Do not believe if we do not win this game we still can consider opportunities because tonight is just three things or nothing three points essential, then good sheet.”

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