Jose Mourinho has suggested that he could not have asked for more from both Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon following Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League defeat on Tuesday night, in comments reported by Football London.
Spurs have been knocked out of the competition. They went into the second-leg of their tie with RB Leipzig 1-0 down, but unfortunately, last season’s finalists could not turn the game around.
Tottenham were 2-0 down during the first-half. And they conceded a third late on when the writing had already been put on the wall.
In truth, a number of players will be disappointed with their performances against the Bundesliga side. But when asked about the mentality of his squad perhaps lacking, Mourinho insisted that two of his players did not let him down.
“Depends on the players (which was acceptable). I don’t think Tanganga or Sessegnon, they are players I can’t expect more from what they did,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“I think the mentality of a team is also a consequence of its power. When you feel powerful you go higher. When you concede a team your self-esteem goes down.”
Tanganga’s emergence has arguably been a major positive to come from this season. He did not have the best night in Germany, but he has still been a revelation.
Meanwhile, it has been a difficult start to life at Tottenham for Sessegnon. But he has shown glimpses of his potential during his time in the side.
And as Mourinho perhaps contemplates rebuilding his squad at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it looks more than likely that Tanganga and Sessegnon are destined for prominent roles for years to come.