Harry Redknapp slams Jose Mourinho after what he’s heard about Tottenham star Vinicius
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho should have brought Carlos Vinicius on at half time against Liverpool, according to former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was forced off due to an ankle injury midway through the Premier League clash on Thursday. However, Mourinho chose to replace Kane with winger Erik Lamela instead of back-up striker Vinicius.
Vinicius joined Spurs on loan from Benfica at the start of this season but is yet to start a Premier League match.
Redknapp has revealed that he has heard only good things about the 25-year-old from people he knows at Tottenham.
And therefore he cannot understand why Mourinho did not use him against Liverpool.
“They tell me the Brazilian boy is a fantastic player, the centre-forward,” Redknapp told Stadium Astro.
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“People at the club tell me, was he the leading goalscorer last year in Portugal? From Benfica, and people tell me he’s a top, top player.
“He’s strong, he scored a couple of great goals, okay it was only at Marine I know but one of the finishes was out of the top drawer.
“Maybe it’s a chance to play him now, even at half time they could have stuck him up top and played him up there at half time, rather than bringing on Lamela and Winks.
“Go and stick him up there, 1-0 down. Perhaps he needs a run this boy, he might be the answer. You don’t know until he gets the chance.”
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Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but Mourinho was full of praise for his side’s performance in the first half in particular.
“I believe it was a very good, solid performance in the first half, with two mistakes, one in the first minute, one in the last minute,” Mourinho said.
“The mistake in the last minute took us to half-time at 1-0, then at half-time we lose Harry, and we come into the second half with good ambition, good determination, again, a defensive mistake brings the 2-0.
“Again, good spirit, good reaction, Pierre’s goal, I think he reflects the spirit of the team, and again, when you are dominating, when you are in the opposition half, another mistake, unfortunately this time from a boy in Joe [Rodon] who for me played, so, so well. Again, punished by our own mistakes.
“But everything went wrong at the end of the first half. We shouldn’t go in losing at half-time, not at all. I think we were really good, solid and confident in the first half, so to go 1-0 down, not easy, to lose Harry Kane, not easy.
“To come out for the second half and another defensive mistake and 2-0, it’s very difficult to resist that, even mentally. But I praise the guys who stayed on until the end because until the end, they tried.”
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