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Spurs fans stunned as Jose Mourinho makes quadruple half-time change in shock Royal Antwerp defeat


‘Four subs, Jose? Four? That’s insane!’: Stunned Spurs fans quote iconic Peep Show scene after Jose Mourinho hauls off Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius at half-time of Antwerp Europa League clash

  • Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday
  • Jose Mourinho made four half-time changes with Spurs trailing at half-time
  • Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius were taken off
  • Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Erik Lamela came on
  • Fans criticised midfielder Alli with some claiming his Tottenham career is over

Tottenham fans were left stunned as Jose Mourinho made four half-time changes when Spurs’ were trailing at Royal Antwerp in Thursday’s Europa League tie.

The iconic Portuguese boss made a flurry of attacking switches at the interval with Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius all being replaced as the north Londoners went in 1-0 down thanks to Lior Refaelov’s first-half strike.

Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Erik Lamela were all brought on for Spurs but the changes did not work as Tottenham went down 1-0 against the Belgian leaders come full-time. 

Jose Mourinho made four Spurs half-time substitutions whilst trailing to Royal Antwerp

Jose Mourinho made four Spurs half-time substitutions whilst trailing to Royal Antwerp

Spurs were losing to Belgian leaders Royal Antwerp after Lior Refaelov's first-half strike

Spurs were losing to Belgian leaders Royal Antwerp after Lior Refaelov’s first-half strike

While some of the club’s key attacking stars were brought on after the break, Tottenham fans were still shocked by Mourinho’s brutal cull of their entire attack for the second-half. 

One fan tweeted: ‘four subs, jose? four?! that’s insane,’ in a reference to the popular Peep Show quote by David Mitchell. 

Another posted: ‘Love to see what José said in that changing room four subs at half time.’

Carlos Vinicius (left) was hauled off along with Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn

Carlos Vinicius (left) was hauled off along with Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn

Lucas Moura (L) and Erik Lamela (R) came on with Son Heung-Min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Lucas Moura (L) and Erik Lamela (R) came on with Son Heung-Min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

 

Spurs fans were shocked as Mourinho made wholesale changes at the interval

Spurs fans were shocked as Mourinho made wholesale changes at the interval

Meanwhile, another stunned supporter claimed: ‘Mourinho made 4 subs he’s rattled’.

Several social media user targeted midfielder Alli for criticism of his first-half performance in his first Tottenham start in several weeks.

The England international had been exiled by Mourinho from the Spurs matchday squad and did not even travel for the north London side’s win at Burnley on Monday night.

But Alli did manage to earn a rare Tottenham start but some fans are questioning whether he has a future under Mourinho after the Portuguese manager hauled him off at half-time. 

Dele Alli was the particular focus of criticism from social media users after the first-half

Dele Alli was the particular focus of criticism from social media users after the first-half 

Some Tottenham fans believe Alli's career in north London is over after this poor display

Some Tottenham fans believe Alli’s career in north London is over after this poor display

Referencing Mourinho’s previous treatment to Henrikh Mhkitaryan at Manchester United, one Twitter user said: ‘poor Dele has been Mkhitaryan’d. classic Mourinho victim.’

Another tweeted: ‘I think Dele Ali is finished. Sorry mate but your just not good enough to get into this team anymore. Mourinho is building a killer squad and sadly your just dead weight. #spurs #mourinho #coys #dele.’

Spurs’ defeat at Antwerp was their first loss in this season’s Europa League campaign and their first in all competition in 11 matches.

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