Jose Mourinho has suggested that he may have made the “wrong decisions” over Gareth Bale and Dele Alli this season as he continues to try and find the right formula at Spurs.
Tottenham lost for the fourth time in five Premier League matches as Manchester City beat them 3-0 on Saturday, thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s second-half double and Rodri’s 23rd-minute penalty.
Mourinho summoned both Alli and Bale from the bench in the latter stages of the game. Both have appeared to be out of favour but Mourinho insists they could still have a big role to play.
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“Good players when they are fit and when they are ready and when they can [play] are always welcome, always welcome,” Mourinho told reporters.
“We coaches sometimes we can make wrong decisions, we all do, but not one of us is crazy.
“Not one of us says I don’t want this player to help me and the team when the player has the potential and the conditions he needs to do it.
“We miss Gio [Lo Celso] for a long, long time. We miss [Sergio] Reguilon for a few weeks. If we can have them back, if we can have Dele and Gareth fit and ready to play, it’s a big improvement in our squad.”
Mourinho was unhappy with a challenge on Son Heung-min by Joao Cancelo late in the game.
He said: “He has a wound in his ankle. A wound means a stud. A stud means a card – but I don’t think a red.”