Alan Hutton has been raving over Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho for “taking the heat off the team” with what he is saying in his press conferences.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, applauded the manager for the way he has dealt with both the Dele Alli outburst and the current injury crisis.
Alli, 23, reacted angrily to being substituted for Erik Lamela in the 64th minute of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Red Bull Leipzig.
With the score 1-0 to the away side, Mourinho opted to make the change prompting Alli to throw down his water bottle in disgust as he took his place on the bench.
In a post-match press conference, the Portuguese manager said: “I think he was angry with his performance. Not with me. I think he understands why I took him off.”
When asked if Mourinho is taking the pressure off his players with his comments in press conferences, Hutton told Football Insider: “Definitely. I have always said, when you listen to his press conference and you wonder, ‘What is he saying here?’ I think he is taking the heat off the team and moving it from the players to him.
“Even the situation with Dele Alli where he threw the bottle. Even if it was to the manager, Mourinho has done well in taking the heat off the player. He is good in that way, he protects the team and takes a lot of the flack.”
Spurs have been rocked by the news Son Heung-min will likely miss the rest of the season with a fractured arm sustained in the victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.
Mourinho is now without a recognised centre-forward with Harry Kane expected to be sidelined until April.
In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider latest Spurs update could be “massive” blow.