Jose Mourinho has confirmed that defenders Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld simply weren’t selected for Tottenham’s trip to Newcastle.

The pair missed Tottenham’s last game before the international break through illness, but both travelled and then played for their respective countries Ivory Coast and Belgium – with Alderweireld starting and playing 90 minutes in all of Belgium’s three World Cup qualifiers.

However, neither were picked for the game at St James’ Park as Japhet Tanganga was selected at right-back, whilst Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez kept their places following the victory at Villa Park last month.

But Spurs were unable to repeat their win at Villa after Joe Willock scored a late equaliser for Newcastle to cancel Harry Kane’s quick-fire brace in the north East as Mourinho’s team missed the opportunity to climb into the top four for the first time since early-January.

The Spurs manager was quizzed on their absence, and said that both players were fit, but weren’t included in the travelling party.

Mourinho told Football.London: “They were fit, yeah. But they report for training only yesterday and they went for their national teams and they didn’t make the Covid tests on time to be in the training session on Thursday, not even on Friday, they come only yesterday.

“But did we lose matches with them or with them we were a perfect team defensively.”



  1. Absolutely magnificent management Jose: just rest Alderwereild.Brilliant tactics.Congratulations.
    How about dropping Kane for the next game; seems like a good idea.
    Should be in an asylum.

  2. Spurs need to invest in good defenders Sanchez should not even be on the subs bench. As a Spurs supporter for over 45 years, I really feel Harry Kane deserves better and he should go when the opportunity comes.

  3. Spurs will never defend well until Sanchez and Dier go
    Spurs serious needs two new Central Defenders
    It is time for Erik Lamela and Dele to go in summer
    I doubt about Moura
    Spurs will be in serious in Transfer Market in summer

  4. When did we last have the same back four playing tin consecutive games? No wonder there are inconsistencies.
    The players don’t know where they stand and as soon as one makes an error there dropped fr he next game.
    I believe the manager has lost his mojo and therefore should be got rid off. As for Davinsn Sanchez, he’s too much of a liability, I lost count the number of times he turns over possession or makes a defensive error. c’mom Mr Levy, time for a new head coach.


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