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Jose Mourinho slams Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele for lack of intensity in north London derby


Jose Mourinho was far from happy after Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho was far from pleased with Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele after watching their performances in the north London derby on Sunday, which the Tottenham boss felt badly lacked intensity.

Spurs took the lead against Arsenal thanks to a stunning Erik Lamela goal, but eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette.

With the scores level, Mourinho removed Bale just before the hour mark and Ndombele five minutes later, replacing them with Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli respectively.

After the defeat, the Portuguese boss pulled no punches as to why he took off the pair, criticising their lack of intensity on the field.

‘Intensity. Gareth and Tanguy. We need more intensity in that game,’ Mourinho said when asked why he made changes after 60 minutes.

‘We need to press more, we need to get more depth and we need to be intense in the game. We needed initially Sissoko to give us that intensity in midfield that, for me, was not brining.

‘Then Dele was a player that of course has a desire to play. In the last match he didn’t complete 90 minutes, he was fresh to come, he has a good understanding with Harry [Kane].

‘I saw that Lamela and Lucas [Moura] from the side would give us more intensity, that we didn’t have.’

Lamela lit up the game with his outrageous rabona goal but his afternoon was ruined by two second half bookings which saw him dismissed.

Gareth Bale was subbed off before the hour mark (Picture: Getty Images)

However, even a man down Mourinho felt his side were showing more after Bale and Ndombele were removed than when they were on the field.

‘Even with 10 players it was proven that our team improved significantly,’ said Jose.

‘The second half was our half and when we made the changes, we made the changes to win the game because we felt the game was under control.’

With Lamela picking up a suspension and Son Heung-Min going off early in the match with a hamstring injury, Bale is likely to get more chances in the starting XI despite this poor review from his manager.

Ndombele will be under pressure from the likes of Dele and Sissoko for his place, with Spurs back in action against Aston Villa on Sunday.


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