Beaten by Everton Wednesday night (4-5), the Portuguese coach returned, annoyed, to the situation of the Welshman, absent from the group on the pretext of a muscle injury that he considers “unclear”.
Gareth Bale’s chaotic season at Tottenham is starting to seriously annoy José Mourinho. Absent Wednesday evening during the defeat of Spurs to Everton in the FA Cup (4-5), the Welsh international was not spared by his coach at a press conference.
“We played West Bromwich on Sunday, he didn’t come in. On Monday I was a little surprised when he told me he wanted to have an MRI because he was worried about muscle pain, he therefore did not train on Monday, “said Mourinho, quoted by Sky Sports.
The Welshman returned to training the next day, a moment shared on Instagram with the caption “good session today”. But then he asked to work with the medical staff to strengthen this muscle area. “I don’t think it’s a clear injury,” said the “Special One” doubtfully.
Only one Premier League goal
On loan from Real Madrid this season, Bale has played all Europa League games but struggles to play in other competitions. In the Premier League, he has only played six games for a single goal.
Without him, the Spurs lost at Goodison Park after a disastrous defensive performance. “It was a game of cat and mouse. The mouse was our defensive mistakes and the cat was us compensating for them, which required a lot of effort,” said Mourinho.
Led 3-1 at half-time, the Spurs came back to score thanks to goals from Lamela (45th) and Sanchez (57th). Everton then regained the advantage on a goal from Richarlison (68th) before Kane sent the match into overtime (83rd). Thirty fatal minutes in Tottenham with a decisive goal from Bernard (97th).
Mourinho and his men must now refocus on the Championship where Spurs point to a disappointing eighth position, four points behind Liverpool, fourth. The partners of Hugo Lloris are expected Saturday at the Etihad Stadium for a trip to the leader, Manchester City.