Mourinho: Bale, Ndombele Lacks Intensity

Ronaldo7March 15, 2021

Jose Mourinho criticized Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele behind Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, early this morning.

Spurs took the lead in the first half with a rabona shot from substitute Erik Lamela, who was sent off after being shown two yellow cards.

But Martin Odegaard’s first goal of English Premier League (EPL) rivals for Arsenal and Alexandre Lacazette who completed a penalty in the 64th minute ensured three points for the Gunners.

Lamela came in to replace the injured Son Heung-min, but Harry Kane’s header at the end of the game was denied due to being in an offside position and shaking the crossbar from a free kick, the rest of the Spurs striker went through in frustration.

Bale entered the game with six goals and three assists in seven appearances for all competitions, yet he failed to produce any crucial tries or passes before being replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Five minutes later, making no impact in the match, Ndombele was replaced by Dele Alli.

Even so, it was the contributions of Bale and Ndombele that angered Mourinho.

“Gareth and Tanguy, we need more intensity in the match. We need more pressure, more intensity in the match,” he said.

“We needed what Sissoko showed in midfield but Tanguy failed to do it. Then Dele was the only player who wanted to play in the previous game but couldn’t meet 90 minutes.

“He’s fresh and has an understanding with Harry.”