Mourinho reacts to viral video of Ndombele's lazy defending vs Wolves
Jose Mourinho couldn’t help but laugh when asked about a recent video that went viral showing Tanguy Ndombele’s woeful defending during Tottenham’s defeat to Wolves.
Spurs have been hit hard by injuries to star forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min and are experiencing their worst run of form since Mourinho took over the reins from Mauricio Pochettino back in November.
But Tottenham’s defence has arguably been the area of most concern after successive defeats to Chelsea and Wolves in the Premier League.
The north London club conceded five times in those two games which means they have already shipped as many goals (39) as they did across their entire league campaign last term.
A short clip of Ndombele’s sluggish tracking back began doing the rounds after Tottenham’s 3-2 defeat to Wolves and, in many ways, it summed up the side’s defending over the last few weeks.
In the video, Pedro Neto glides effortlessly past Harry Winks and Ndombele before racing in on goal and the Frenchman’s attempts to make amends were minimal to say the very least.
Ndombele has found himself in and out of Mourinho’s starting XI this season and failed to live up to the hype following his £55million move from Lyon and dream goalscoring debut.
Many have questioned Ndombele fitness levels and Mourinho himself took a swipe at the midfielder’s injury record earlier in the season.
At Mourinho’s press conference on Tuesday, a reporter brought up the viral clip and referred to Ndombele’s ‘slow’ tacking back to which the Portuguese replied: ‘Or Pedro Neto is very fast.
‘Pedro Neto is very fast. He is! He is very fast. But Wolves does fantastic work in the selection of the profile of their players for many years.
‘They know what they want and they choose the profile of player adapted to the qualities of the team.
‘We had 65 per cent of the ball and we almost doubled that number of passes.
‘But they are very fast. [Adama] Traore, [Diogo] Jota, Pedro Neto, [Daniel] Podence, all of them they are very, very fast and it was impossible for Tanduy to get him.’
Tottenham’s injury crisis up front has opened up an opportunity for Troy Parrott and the young striker came off the bench against Wolves at the weekend.
And Mourinho has confirmed the Irishman will keep his place among Spurs’ substitutes for Wednesday night’s FA Cup tie with Norwich.
‘He will be on the bench tomorrow,’ Mourinho said.
‘We’re taking very good care of him and we cannot tell you obviously every detail.
‘We’re taking good care of a young player and also taking care of a young boy in society, in life, in private life. That’s a process.
‘He’s 18. One month ago he was 17, so he’s not even close to being 19. Troy is a process. He’s a very young kid with a lot, a lot, a lot to learn.’
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