Jose Mourinho says he subbed Tanguy Ndombele at half-time against Southampton in light of the fact that he was “worried” Tottenham’s record marking would be sent off.
Ndombele turned into the most costly marking in Spurs’ history when he finished a £55 million ($71m) change to north London from Lyon the mid year of 2019.
He neglected to satisfy that sticker price during his first full season at the club, and become undesirable not long after Mourinho was drafted in to supplant Mauricio Pochettino in the hole.
The Portuguese lead trainer defended keep the Frenchman separate from his arrangements by highlighting his imperfect wellness levels in the midst of reports of off-field strain between the pair, however the midfielder has constrained his way again into the crew toward the beginning of the 2020-21 mission.
Ndombele included as a substitute during a 1-0 annihilation to Everton on the initial end of the week and a restricted Europa League qualifying triumph over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, before being named in Tottenham’s firing line-up for an outing to Southampton on Sunday.
The previous Lyon star was powerless to keep the Saints from taking an initial half lead through Danny Ings and got a booking before assuming a key part in Spurs’ equalizer not long before the span.
He played in Harry Kane in the wake of delivering a wonderful roulette turn in the pitch, and the England worldwide at that point teed up Son Heung-min for the first of his four objectives at St Mary’s.
Mourinho raised in excess of a couple of eyebrows by bringing Giovani Lo Celso on for Ndombele at the break, however his choice was vindicated as Tottenham proceeded to make sure about a 5-2 triumph, with Kane additionally getting in on the demonstration late on.
The Spurs manager clarified that he dragged Ndombele away over concerns his side may go down to 10 men when inquired as to whether the midfielder had gotten a thump during the initial 45 minutes.
“No, he was not harmed, however we as a whole realize that his condition isn’t yet top condition and that is the reason we are playing him fundamentally originating from the seat,” said Mourinho.
“Gio Lo Celso was extremely, tired and he obviously wouldn’t have the option to play an hour and a half. We chose to play Tanguy yet we had arranged that Gio would come into the game in the subsequent half.
“The yellow card left Tanguy in a troublesome situation similarly Romeu was in a troublesome position and might get a subsequent yellow card during the subsequent half.
“I didn’t need that to happen to Tanguy in a game against Southampton, which is in every case reasonable and fair however a forceful game from multiple points of view.
“I was simply apprehensive and Gio at this time actually has somewhat more sharpness than Tanguy and the subsequent half was phenomenal for us.”