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Jose Mourinho explains his Tottenham substitution headache against Burnley

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Jose Mourinho explains his Tottenham substitution headache against Burnley

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has explained that he was having a selection headache in Monday night’s win over Burnley, as on several occasions he thought about substituting the duo of Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon onto the pitch.

Spurs recorded a narrow 1-0 away win against Burnley in the Premier League, as in-form attacker Heung-Min Son popped up with a 76th minute winner with his powerful header.

The North London club moved up to fifth in the league table and now have 11 points from their opening six games.

Mourinho claimed after the game that he was hesitant over his substitutions due to the fact he was fearful of losing the contest.

Attacking midfielder Lo Celso did eventually enter the action for the final 10 minutes but the game was crying out for a creative spark earlier in the second-half, while attack-minded left-back Reguilon was an unnamed substitute and his more defensive teammate Ben Davies got the nod at full-back.


“This is the kind of match where you take too many risks you can lose it,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:17pm, 27 October).

“I thought in many occasions of bringing Reguilon to the game because he is very fast. I thought many times of bringing Lo Celso playing together with [Tanguy] Ndombele, but that would mean lose Ben Davies, lose [Moussa] Sissoko, and you [can’t] lose aerial power against Burnley.”

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

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TBR’s View:

Mourinho was perhaps a little conservative with his approach at Turf Moor, but he’s an experienced manager that knew the type of his game his team would face and ultimately his tactics resulted in them grinding out three points against a tough opposition.

It was a close-knit encounter limited of clear goalscoring chances, but Son’s instinctive header proved vital and a 1-0 battling victory shows another element to the squad.

They face Brighton and West Brom in the league before the next international break, which is why Spurs could find themselves at the top end of the table if they keep up their recent momentum.

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