Mourinho insists Spurs spat is all about nothing

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Everton

JOSE MOURINHO played down a half-time spat between skipper, Hugo Lloris, and Heung-min Son after the pair clashed when leaving the field at half-time during the Lilywhites single-goal success over Everton in N17.

An otherwise poor Premier League encounter was settled midway through the opening period when Giovani Lo Celso’s strike wickedly cannoned off Michael Keane, completely wrong-footing Toffees stopper, Jordan Pickford.

However, the flashpoint – albeit brief – occurred just before the interval. Tottenham’s French stopper left livid with the South Korean after Everton frontman, Richarlison, was allowed to surge forward unchallenged.

The feuding pair were swiftly separated by teammates and were seen to embrace on their return, Nevertheless, Mourinho was quick to play down the incident and move on.

“At this moment I’m the last one to arrive at the dressing room because I come from the other side – because you know that our dressing rooms are now on the other side to the bench,” the Portuguese explained.

“When I was arriving, I just saw the back of it – I was not in there. When I arrived in the dressing room everything was over and they were hugging each other.

The Spurs chief continued: “What happened was the last minute of the first-half a Richardson shot was diagonal from right side, Hugo thought that in that minute of the game the attacking players should do a little bit more and he was arguing with Sonny, and Sonny with him.

“When I arrived at half-time I just wanted the players to understand that I was very happy with that. Very happy with that. When I told them that I think they realised that nothing wrong and let’s move on.”

The victory moved Spurs up to eighth. they return to Premier League action on Thursday, July 9 when they take on AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium (6pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas Moura (Lamela 82’), Lo Celso (Vertonghen 90+2’), Heung-Min Son (Bergwijn 78’), Kane Subs not used: D Sánchez, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Ndombele, Skipp, Carvalho Fernandes, Cirkin

Everton: Pickford, Coleman (Sidibé 77’), Keane, Holgate (Mina 36’), Digne, Iwobi (Gordon 46’), Davies (Kean 77’), André Gomes, G Sigurdsson (Bernard 67’), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin Subs not used: Baines, Stekelenburg, Branthwaite, Baningime

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Mark Scholes and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

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Brian Jeeves

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