Mourinho sees yellow for spitting
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The last seemingly purified José Mourinho takes a defeat with Tottenham and loses the maintenance. In the middle of the game, he marches to the opposing bank, looking for trouble. With success.
eIt was a memorable scene that happened at Southampton FC. The Tottenham Hotspur team was a guest, including their coach José Mourinho. Since his engagement at the London club, the Zampano had held back very well: hardly any tirades, freaking out or remarkable excesses in dealing with his team, opposing teams, coaching colleagues or referees.
At 0: 1 (0: 1) in Southampton, he fell back into old patterns. The eccentric stink boot appeared in him, in the role of which he has repeatedly made notorious fame. The following happened: While his defender Toby Alderweireld was taking a free kick, Mourinho suddenly left his coaching zone and went straight to the hosts’ bench.
An assistant to Southampton’s trainer Ralph Hasenhüttl was sitting there delving into his supposedly tactical notes that he was just putting on paper. Mourinho stood up in front of him and bent over him demonstratively to catch a glimpse of the sketches and lines. The indignation was great and did not go undetected. The fourth official reported the incident to umpire Mike Dean. The result: yellow for the abstruse spick attempt.
“I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot”
“I think the yellow card is okay,” said Mourinho after the game, “I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot.” The insult went to Andrew Sparkes, goalkeeper coach of Southampton FC. According to Mourinho, he had played for time. Hence the provocative spy consultation on the sidelines. He had probably also sent some critical words in the direction of Sparkes. “Yes, we exchanged a few harsh words,” said the Portuguese star coach frankly.
The ball boys didn’t get away scot-free either. According to Mourinhos, they were trained to waste time. “The second half was not easy, they were in front, defended with ten men, fought and were aggressive. Many fouls, many interruptions, hardly any game flow. And the ball boys were prepared to delay the game even more, ”said Mourinho.
Tottenham, in the round of 16 of the Champions League opponents of RB Leipzig (February 19 / March 10), failed after a goal by Danny Ings (17th), his 13th goal of the season. The Spurs missed after the seventh defeat of the season to move closer to Chelsea (only 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion) in fourth place. Mourinho also has to worry about striker Harry Kane, who had to be replaced 15 minutes before the end due to a thigh injury.
“Harry Kane plays every minute, he always plays,” said Mourinho. He could not yet estimate the extent of the injury: “It could be big, it could be small. In any case, it will fail. That is negative. Thigh is always negative. Is it a tear, a little thing, a sore throat? I can’t say that at this point. “