When Jose Mourinho was announced to take over the job at Tottenham, many believed he would turn the Club around and could possibly be a threat for other Clubs. Unfortunately, the Spurs Boss is yet to get a momentum in play as they have been having a slow start since his take over. During their match against Norwich City, the Tottenham Hotspur Boss Jose Mourinho admitted to media outlets that it hurt to leave goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga on the bench.
Many will say, Spurs win was mear luck as the team suffered to complete shots on target and missed many opportunities. Spurs took on Norwich City at home on Wednesday night, and took the lead when Serge Aurier’s cross was turned in by Dele Alli. Norwich were determined to come back and threatened to equalise as Teemu Pukki scored from the penalty spot, converting after Max Aarons had been hauled down by Ryan Sessegnon.
Luckily, Tottenham had the final say, grabbing the much needed 3 points as Son Heung-min turned home from close range, handing Mourinho a much-needed 2-1 victory.
Spurs will hope to use this to spark a good run of form, especially now goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is back from injury, with the Frenchman making his return last night.
Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow back in October, and immediately regained his starting place when he made his return on Wednesday.
That meant Paulo Gazzaniga, who has filled in for Lloris throughout his absence, had to settle for a place on the bench last night, with Mourinho admitting it “hurt” to leave him out.
Mourinho was delighted to see Lloris return, and praised the attitude Gazzaniga showed when learning that Lloris had taken his spot in the team.
“The return of Hugo is mixed emotions for me,” said Mourinho. “It’s happiness to see one of the best goalkeepers in the world to be back. It’s a very good feeling for us but at the same time it is one of these decisions that sometimes we must have it, but it hurts. To leave Paulo out hurts.”
“The good thing is that he is such a good member of the family and he is such a special friend of Hugo that I think he also shared our happiness to have Hugo back as a friend. For me he gave me a lot of thinking and I had to try to be cold to make a decision without emotions because to leave Paulo out is not easy,” he added.
While the return of Lloris was welcomed, Mourinho was dealt another blow with midfielder Harry Winks limping off after damaging his ankle in a challenge with Todd Cantwell.
“It is not a crazy one, weeks not months,” the Portuguese said.
Tottenham currently sit 6th on the EPL table with 34 points. Interesting enough, Man United who currently sits 5th and Wolves who sit 7th, also have 34 points. The race to top 4 will be interesting in the days to come.