‘We didn’t have a midfield. Of course I am not speaking about Skipp… Tanguy has had enough time to come to a different level. He HAS to give us more’: Jose Mourinho savages Ndombele after hauling him off at half-time in Spurs’ draw at Burnley
- Jose Mourinho was furious with Tanguy Ndombele’s performance on Saturday
- The midfielder was hauled off at the break as Spurs drew 1-1 with Burnley
- Mourinho singled him out for criticism, blaming him for a lacklustre first-half
- The Frenchman joined for a club-record fee in the summer but has disappointed
Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing attack on Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele after substituting him at half-time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.
Mourinho blamed the £53million Frenchman for having to change formations and making two changes at half-time, when he originally planned to play him the full game to rest others for next week’s Champions League tie away to RB Leipzig.
Spurs rallied from being 1-0 down at half-time to take a point but Mourinho made it clear he wasn’t happy with Ndombele, who was signed last summer by his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.
Jose Mourinho was furious with Tanguy Ndombele’s performance against Burnley
The midfielder was hauled off at half-time for his lacklustre first-half performance
‘We didn’t have a midfield in the first half,’ stormed Mourinho, who had started the game with an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation.
‘I think more important than the tactics is to have midfield players who want the ball, to connect the game, to have them press and recover the ball. To have midfield players to win duels. We didn’t have it.
‘Of course I am not speaking about (Oliver) Skipp, he is a kid of 19 who played two hours of football a few days ago. I am not critical with Skipp (who was also replaced at half-time) at all.
‘I am not going to run away. I have to say Tanguy has had enough time to come to a different level. I know the Premier League is very difficult, I know that some players take a long time.
‘But a player with his potential, his responsibility, he has to give us more. And especially when you see the way Lo Celso played, every minute I was expecting more in the first half.’
Ndombele has had a tough start in North London after joining for £54m in the summer
He was part of the side dumped out of the FA Cup on penalties by Norwich City on Tuesday
Ndombele has scored only twice in 27 appearances for Spurs since signing from Lyon.
He has been criticised before by Mourinho but this latest outburst will raise huge doubts about his long-term future at White Hart Lane.
The Spurs manager has shown in the past he’s not afraid to take on big names like Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba if he feels he has to improve the performances of his team.
Mourinho also blamed Ndombele’s peformance for disrupting the team’s plans for Leipzig with Spurs trailing 1-0 from the first leg.
The Frenchman is in danger of being dumped out of the team after recent showings
‘The plan was to keep the fresh players on the pitch for 90 minutes but I had to change that,’ he said.
One possible casualty was Steven Bergwijn who was limping heavily in the final few minutes with Spurs having made all their changes.
‘I want only two options for Leipzig. We win or we lose but go out with everything. Tired, injured, we give everything,’ added Mourinho defiantly.
Dele Alli admitted it was a ‘sticky’ dressing room to be in at the break, with Mourinho raging
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