Jose Mourinho has defended not utilising the new rule to allow managers up to five substitutions in Tottenham’s draw with Manchester United.
Most Premier League gaffers have taken advantage of the extra help by bringing on half a team’s worth of fresh legs for their first game back, but Mourinho only called upon two of his bench despite our obvious legginess.
The Portuguese told his press conference this afternoon that he lacked the options to make attacking changes and didn’t want to disrupt his defence or midfield for the sake of it.via ytCropper
It was not his amount of changes that I questioned at the time, but his choice of changes. Gedson Fernandes really struggled as a wide forward and Harry Kane was dragging his feet for the last half an hour. Ryan Sessegnon on the left and Son up top would have given us better balance.
I am sure Jose will make changes when he feels the need to. This is a man who has been known to make double substitutions in the first half if things aren’t working. West Ham will be different, I think.
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