It’s a result that has put a huge dent in their chances of qualifying for the top four at the end of the season, but perhaps more worryingly is the injury that occurred to forward Son Heung-min during the first-half, forcing him to be replaced with Erik Lamela.
And although Lamela went on to score arguably one of the goals of the season, the damage that this injury could do in the long-run could be incredibly damaging to Spurs, especially after the emergence of the front-three he’s developed with Harry Kane and Gareth Bale.
Speaking about it after the game (via @SpursOfficial), Mourinho put the injury down to an accumulation of minutes in recent weeks, such as their game against Dinamo Zagreb where Son played over an hour. These comments left many Spurs fans in uproar, because if playing too much was really the reason, then there was only one person who should shoulder the blame, and that’s Mourinho:
“PLAYED HIM IN EVERY GAME WITHOUT REST WHATSOEVER OF COURSE HE WAS BOUND TO GET AN INJURY”
You can kind of understand the reaction here – after all, it is Mourinho who’s picking the team so he can decide to give him rest whenever he sees fit.