When Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris confronted Son Heung-min on the sphere at halftime, Jose Mourinho was removed from aggravated. The supervisor famend for his personal flashpoints and volatility was delighted to see tensions between teammates erupting in public view. “It was lovely,” he mentioned. “Most likely it’s a consequence of our conferences.” Angered by the timidity of a 3-1 loss at Sheffield United within the earlier English Premier League spherical, Mourinho noticed the fervour he needed as Tottenham this time secured a 1-Zero victory over Everton on Monday.
Simply earlier than the break, with Tottenham main, Son misplaced the ball which led to Richarlison having an opportunity to equalize however placing extensive of Lloris’ put up.
“I feel to concede an opportunity just a few seconds earlier than halftime as a result of we don’t make the urgent correctly,” Lloris mentioned, “that annoys me however it’s a part of soccer. Transfer on.”
Solely, Lloris didn’t when the whistle blew for halftime, shouting as he raced over to Son. Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks intervened to separate the clashing teammates earlier than they headed into the dressing room.
Son had created the purpose within the 24th minute. The South Korea ahead knocked the ball ahead to Harry Kane who squared for Lo Celso to strike on the flip and Everton defender Michael Keane deflected the ball into his personal web.
“An incredible child that everybody loves like Sonny, a staff boy,” Mourinho mentioned. “However in that scenario the captain thought the final minute of the primary half you need to do more for the staff. You must give a unique effort than you give. A few unhealthy phrases however I feel it’s one thing essential for the staff to develop up.”
Within the dressing room, Mourinho advised them: “I’ve little doubt you’ll stick collectively till the tip.”
That they did. Tottenham moved as much as eighth place with its second victory from the 4 video games for the reason that league resumed after a three-month suspension.
Nevertheless it’s not solely the hopes of returning to the Champions League which are within the stability for Spurs. Even qualifying for the Europa League is unsure with 5 video games remaining.
“If you wish to blame somebody for that it’s me,” Mourinho mentioned. “I used to be important of my boys as a result of they don’t seem to be sufficient important of themselves (in Sheffield) … I ask them to demand more from one another. That stress to present for everybody.”
Mourinho was employed in November to rescue the season after Mauricio Pochettino was fired with a staff that reached the 2019 Champions League closing in 14th place.
“While you play a season like this one it is extremely straightforward to collapse as a staff,” Mourinho mentioned. “Today we confirmed we’re nonetheless collectively and able to compete and able to battle till the tip.”
On the finish of the sport, Lloris and Son embraced on the pitch — regardless of the necessity for social distancing to be maintained because of the coronavirus pandemic which suggests no followers are allowed into video games.
“What occurred between me and Sonny is simply one thing that’s a part of soccer generally,” Lloris mentioned. “However there isn’t a drawback in any respect. You’ll be able to see on the finish of the sport we’re very happy to be a part of the staff and to have these three factors.”