Jose Mourinho has downplayed reports of a rift with Tanguy Ndombele, adding it is tough to please all of his Tottenham players.
There have been suggestions Ndombele, Spurs’ £63m club-record signing last summer, is unsettled and the Frenchman has been an unused substitute in both of Tottenham’s games since the Premier League restart.
A report by French television channel TF1 claimed Ndombele had told the Spurs boss he no longer wants to work with him during a meeting between the pair this week, but Mourinho insists that is not the case.
“No. There is nothing. I try to do the best for my team. I can’t start with 12 or 13 players, sometimes I apologise to the ones I cannot pick,” Mourinho said after Spurs’ 2-0 win over West Ham.
“On the bench was Tanguy, (Ryan) Sessegnon, Toby (Alderweireld), (Jan) Vertonghen, Gedson (Fernandes) and they didn’t play. That’s football.
“I had attacking players on the bench, (Erik) Lamela and (Steven) Bergwijn. Two great players to bring on and then (Harry) Winks to give us more consistency.
“This situation of the five changes, some people maybe think that you have to use all five changes. You don’t have to do it. You have the chances to do it.
“I felt that the team was fine. I never believed that 2-0 was a completely safe result because they were trying everything and one goal could change the state of mind and give them the motivation in the final minutes so I decided to keep the team stable and three changes were enough.”
Source: News update