Jose Mourinho has been told that his rants at Matt Doherty during Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool only made the defender’s performance worse.
With first-choice left-back Sergio Reguilon absent through injury, Doherty filled in at left wing-back.
However, much like the rest of Spurs’ defence, the Irishman failed to have his best game as Liverpool won 3-1. He switched across the field at half time but could not escape his manager’s wrath.
As usual, Mourinho vented his frustrations from his technical area throughout the match. But one journalist has picked up on the Portuguese’s displays of anger at Doherty.
ESPN‘s Julien Laurens watched the game in north London and faced questions on ESPN FC about hearing players and managers shout in empty stadiums.
The journalist said: “Mourinho, for example, had a go at Matt Doherty pretty much from minute one to minute 90. Because he first played as a left wing-back, he was on the left-hand side – which was on the side of Mourinho.
“But then he switched to a right-back position at half time which meant that, even in the second half, he was again on Jose Mourinho’s side.
“He had him [Mourinho] in his ear all the time because he made mistakes, because he was not very good. And like Steve [Nicol] pointed out, he certainly looked like he really disturbed him.
“He kept losing the ball and it got worse and worse as Mourinho was just roasting him the whole game. I don’t know if Mourinho thought about that or that worked, but certainly Doherty had a really bad game.”
But Doherty would end up being one of several Spurs players who faced a barrage of criticism from his manager.
Indeed, Serge Aurier was hooked at half time after he allowed Sadio Mane in to assist Roberto Firmino for Liverpool’s opener.
Reports have claimed that the French full-back stormed out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Pundit worried after Mourinho, Aurier clash
Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Noel Whelan admitted that such claims paint a grim picture for a player who has already crossed wires with Mourinho.
“We know there’s been fractious times between Aurier and Mourinho, we know that he’s been on the cards for a transfer anyway,” Whelan said. “I think this has just sealed it for him if the rumours are true.
“Everyone has been hooked at half time and whether you like it or not, or how disappointed or angry you may be, that is not the solution.
“You’ve got to put it down to that he obviously doesn’t want to be at the club, he doesn’t want to support his teammates, he doesn’t want to support the manager’s decision.
“You can’t have bad eggs like that at the club.”
Spurs return to action on Sunday when they play Brighton away from home. Mourinho has spoken about his team news for the clash at the Amex Stadium.