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toby test WATCH: Jose Mourinho has some explaining today after Toby Alderweireld claims are disproved


Jose Mourinho, right, embraces Toby Alderweireld after the win over West Ham (John Walton/PA)

Jose Mourinho, right, embraces Toby Alderweireld after the win over West Ham (John Walton/PA)

Jose Mourinho, right, embraces Toby Alderweireld after the win over West Ham (John Walton/PA)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho suggested his Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld was dropped from Sunday's game at Newcastle because he returned late from international duty, but that claim is now laced with confusion.

Mourinho made his comments after Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Newcastle, as his side conceded yet another late goal and missed out on the chance to move into the Premier League's top four.

After the match, Mourinho outlined why both Alderweireld and his full-back Serge Aurier missed the game, with his comments leaving little to the imagination.

"But they report for training only yesterday (Saturday) and they went for their national teams and they didn't make the Covid tests on time to be in the training session on Thursday, not even on Friday, they come only yesterday," stated Mourinho.

"The players that landed in London on Wednesday after internationals and the ones that played in London as in the case of the English boys, they had the tests and they could immediately be in training on Thursday and so Thursday, Friday and Saturday and they couldn't. They appeared only yesterday."

The comments were a clear indication that Mourinho was disappointed with the two players, yet footage from Tottenham's official Twitter feed confirms Alderweireld was in training last Friday.

Mourinho may now need to clarify his comments, with Alderweireld and his advisers unlikely to be impressed by public accusations that have already been proved to be false.

Spurs take on Manchester United next weekend, with Mourinho suggesting the problems in his team are not all down to him, rather the players he is working with.

"Same coach, different players," was Mourinho's comment to the BBC when asked why this Spurs team are conceding so many late goals while his former teams were noted for their ability to see out matches successfully.

"There are mistakes which I probably shouldn't even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have," added the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager.

"Looking at the second goal at Newcastle, it's easy to understand because there's three different moments - the cross, the ball at the far post where they won it, and then the ball in the face of the goal where our two centre-backs were in position. You can analyse it easily.

"It's not just about the defensive mistakes that lead to goals. We have situations where we have the ball and I know already the ball is going to end with (keeper) Hugo Lloris. That's the way we sometimes create instability to ourselves."

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