Jose Mourinho SLAMMED for using Tanguy Ndombele as 'scapegoat' after Spurs draw

Danny Murphy has accused Jose Mourinho of using Tanguy Ndombele as a ‘scapegoat’ after Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday.

Chris Wood poked the ball home from close range to break the deadlock in the 13th minute at Turf Moor after Jay Rodriguez’s initial strike was saved by Hugo Lloris.

Dele Alli equalised from the penalty spot in the 50th minute after Ben Mee was adjudged to have fouled Erik Lamela inside the box and Spurs had to settle for a point which means they are without a win in their last five matches in all competitions.

The result leaves Tottenham just one point above Arsenal in the Premier League table after their north London rivals got the better of West Ham at the Emirates.

Mourinho decided to replace Ndombele and youngster Oliver Skipp at half-time and the Portuguese was particularly critical of Tottenham’s club-record signing when asked about his substitutions after the draw.

‘We had to make decisions about the team. I trusted some players to give the team what we need – energy, quality and freshness,’ the Tottenham head coach told BBC Sport.

‘I didn’t get the answer from all of them so at half-time I had to go back to the ones that I know.

Asked whether the two players that came off were the players underperforming, Mourinho replied: ‘I think one is a kid of 19 years old [Skipp]. He was not bad. It’s not a kid of 19 years old that has the responsibility to be the point of connection.

‘From Tanguy, of course, I think with the quality he has he must have more responsibility in doing to the team what the team needs from a midfield player with his quality.’

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker admitted he ‘wasn’t particularly keen’ on managers publicly criticising their players and Murphy and Ian Wright both agreed that Mourinho may have overstepped the mark with his comments.

‘It was unjustified to be honest. There was at least six or seven of them not quite at the races in the first half,’ former England and Liverpool midfielder Murphy said.

‘We’re also talking about Burnley’s quality, tenacity and willingness to get after them and stop them playing and Ndombele was no worse than half a dozen others so I think it’s harsh to use him as a scapegoat.’

Arsenal legend Ian Wright added: ‘Why not just tell him?’

It’s clear Ndombele has some work to do to convince Mourinho that he could be the linchpin of Tottenham’s central midfield after an underwhelming debut campaign in north London.

The Frenchman became the subject of ridicule earlier this month after a video of his questionable defending against Wolves went viral across social media.

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