Mourinho admires Ralph’s resilience

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday Noon

It’s been a troubled start to the season for both Tottenham and Southampton. Nevertheless, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League encounter between the two at St Mary’s, Jose Mourinho, a man regularly associated with water off the proverbial duck’s back, when under pressure, was quick to praise the work of his opposite number, Ralph Hasenhuttl.

“I think the best image of what he has to be as a person and as a coach is what happened last season with that incredible home defeat against Leicester and they stuck together as a club, him and the board, him and the players, they stuck together and turned an incredible situation,” The Spurs chief exclaimed.

“I believe it is not a problem for them being with two negative results and of course they will be waiting for us with everything they have.”

Spurs followed last weekends opening day defeat to Everton in Ni17 by edging uncomfortably past Lokomotiv Plovdiv in an untidy UEFA Europa League tie in Bulgaria.

Dele Alli was hauled off during the interval of that setback against the Toffees and subsequently didn’t feature during the week, with rumours speculating of a rift between the player and manager.

Well quizzed as to whether the England midfielder would be involved on the south coast, Mourinho added: “I don’t know?

“You ask me about Dele? you could ask me about the other seven players we left behind?.

“To be honest, I don’t like the number of players I have in my squad, it is very difficult to manage in every aspect of my job. Very difficult to manage this situation – too many players. It was Dele plus the other seven.”

“Can they be back to the squad? Of course, they can. It is a case of training and then thinking about the plan, seeing the players that are going to start, see the players we are going to have for balance on the bench.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Brian Jeeves

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