Mourinho: ‘The door is at all times open’ – Tottenham boss gives hope to underachievers
Jose Mourinho has urged some of his subpar stars to follow the lead of Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham Hotspur.
The midfielder was criticized by the Spurs boss in March 2020. The Portuguese questioned the player’s desire to play at Burnley.
However, he has since come back and put in another brilliant performance at Sheffield United on Sunday.
Ndombele scored an excellent goal to make it 3-1 against Spurs at Bramhall Lane, so Mourinho was delighted with the way he turned things around.
“I’ve trained so many years and had so many players. I have enough experience to say and feel that it’s his responsibility if a player doesn’t play well,” he told Sky Sports.
“If a player turns things around and brings the level of performance to a very high level, it is also his responsibility.
“For me, the door is always open even after a difficult time last season. The door is always open when a player wants to come towards the team. The team is on the other side of the door. If the player wants to go through the door, it is open.
“The goal is amazing, but I don’t care about the goal, the performance and the achievement were great and I’m very happy that he has reached this level. He plays very, very well. “
Ndombele will no doubt have been pleased to hear Mourinho praise his performance against the blades.
However, as is so often the case with the Portuguese, it is very likely that his comments contained another level.
Dele Alli and Gareth Bale failed to convince Mourinho that they could be part of his vision for the club.
The pair have fought for season under Mourinho and both face an uncertain future at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, as the turnaround in Ndombele’s fortune demonstrated, they still have time to save their careers at Spurs if they are ready to do the hard work Mourinho has called for.