DBasia.news – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho insisted there was no direct link between Gareth Bale's second debut and the painful draw that his team won against West Ham United.
Spurs look like they will win easily at home to West Ham on Sunday (18/10), already winning 3-0 when the game was only 16 minutes old. Son Heung-min's goals and Harry Kane's brace gave the Spurs the upper hand.
Bale was then deployed in the final 20 minutes to mark his comeback with the Spurs. However, West Ham bounced in an astonishing manner ten minutes from time. Fabian Balbuena reduced the score, Davinson Sanchez scored an own goal, before Manuel Lanzini's torrential shot in injury time forced a 3-3 draw.
Bale, on loan for one season from Real Madrid, made a golden opportunity when the Spurs took a 3-2 lead, but his shot was off the mark. However, Mourinho denied that Bale had a negative impact on Spurs' performance.
“I don't think so. The decision not to play him as a starter was the right decision, “said Mourinho after the match.
“It was a decision to show that he doesn't need the throne in this team. A message that in this team every player must fight for position. “
“He is very welcome here. Everyone loves it and I'm sure he does too. So everything looks positive, but the focus is not on him, but on the match. “
“It's a shame he couldn't score the team's fourth goal, which would have been very beautiful and would kill the match. But this is football, “he explained.
Regarding the failure of Spurs who had to be willing to throw away the victory in plain sight, Mourinho explained that his team lost focus and were not mentally strong.
“We were severely punished [oleh West Ham] and we deserve it. The team's performance suddenly decreased, “continued Mourinho.
“When we looked like we were in control of the game, we conceded the first goal and that boosted the opponent's confidence. Our players are not strong enough psychologically to face this situation. In the last seconds of the match, we ended up losing two points, ”he regretted.
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