Jose Mourinho unimpressed by fringe players in Antwerp defeat – football

Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho mentioned the disappointing performances of his fringe players in Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League loss to Royal Antwerp would make it “very easy” to choose his group going ahead.

Mourinho made 9 adjustments to the lineup from Monday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Burnley however Spurs fell behind inside half-hour after an error from defender Ben Davies allowed Antwerp ahead Lior Refaelov to attain from shut vary.

Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Giovani lo Celso and Carlos Vinicius had been all changed at halftime however Spurs had been unable to get again on stage phrases. It was their first defeat since dropping 1-0 to Everton on the Premier League’s opening weekend in September.

“I would like to have made 11 changes at halftime,” Mourinho advised reporters. “I didn’t make five as I was afraid of a long 45 minutes.

“I always like to think the players deserve an opportunity. We have a big squad with lots of good players,” he added.

“It’s my responsibility to give them opportunities but it’s also their opportunity to catch the chance with both hands and ask for more.

“Tonight shows my future choices are going to be very easy.”

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