'I had no bench to react to it!' - Mourinho says Spurs lack substitute options compared to Man Utd
Jose Mourinho complained about the lack of options available to him after Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, saying that he had "no bank to respond to Friday's Premier League return".
Spurs played their first game since the outbreak of the Corona virus and took on a game against the top four hopefuls Manchester United in which the two teams separated points behind Steven Bergwijn and Bruno Fernandes.
As a result of the longer break, several key Tottenham players returned to their health, and Harry Kane and Heung-min Son returned to the lineup after injuries earlier this season.
Mourinho, however, remained without Dele Alli and Lucas Moura that day. The former was suspended, while the latter failed due to an injury sustained in training.
Without the duo, Mourinho turned to Gedson Fernandes and Giovani Lo Celso, using only two of the five substitutes allowed on the return of the Premier League.
"Satisfied with things and unhappy with others," Mourinho said after the Sky Sports draw. "What did I like? I like the team attitude, organization, control and solidity. United give what they don't like.
"Unhappy with the fact that when I read the game I didn't have a bench to respond to. When they became more dominant, we were tired in the front and couldn't push."
He added: "The players did a fantastic job on the defensive - they had two dangerous shots that Hugo Lloris saved and nothing else. Everything else was under control. For 70 minutes when we had the energy we were strong with the ball and we knew what we wanted to do.
"I have to admit that I would have liked Lucas Moura here, Dele Alli here in the last 15 minutes. The last 15 minutes were difficult for us.
"Lucas and Dele are players we need and we could feel that today. If you look at their bench and then at ours, you can see the difference in attack options. Hopefully they are back for West Ham because it is at this moment switch players is very, very important. "
Mourinho pointed out the abundance of options on the Manchester United bank. His counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, contacted Paul Pogba, Odion Ighalo, Mason Greenwood, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly, with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard among the unused representatives.
"It wasn't just Paul," he said. "They had Ighalo, they had Jesse, a man who can change a game, Juan. The five changes can do that if you have options."
Spurs will be back in action on Tuesday as they host West Ham, while Manchester United will be at Sheffield United on Wednesday.
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