Royal Antwerp 1 Tottenham 0 WATCH: Furious Jose Mourinho rips into his players as he admits he wanted to make 11 substitutions at half-time
Jose Mourinho didn't hold back in his criticism of his players as he insisted Tottenham got what they deserved amid a below par performance in a 1-0 defeat against Royal Antwerp.
The Spurs boss made nine changes to his side as he started with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale, but his back-up performers failed to shine as Mourinho suggested he had learned some lessons from his side's display in Belgium.
Mourinho replaced Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Giovani lo Celso and Carlos Vinicius at half-time, as he said the display of his players made his choice for future matches easier.
"Before matches you always ask me why this player is not playing, why this player is not playing, why this player is not selected. Maybe now for a few weeks you don't ask me that because you have the answer," he stated.
"I don't want to analyse individuals. I don't like to do that, especially with you. I think it is fair to say that players with bad performances they influence the team, but also the team influences individual performances. So it is not for me to individualise and to bring some names to the table.
"I always like to think the players deserve an opportunity. We have a big squad with lots of good players. It's my responsibility to give them opportunities to play and catch the chance with both hands and be in condition to ask for more.
"And tonight my future choices are going to be very easy. You want me to say different things but the only thing I say is every match I want to play well and go to win. As simple as that.
"It's more complicated too, because you need to keep a certain state of mind, a certain motivational level, be constant, be consistent. Clearly after Monday night when we needed everything from every player, it's frustrating that we come here tonight and don't do the same."