The Spurs manager was pictured working with French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on Hadley Common at Barnet during the lockout to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which ended football.
Mourinho, although he has kept his distance from Ndombele during their work, faces a violent reaction for opposing the instructions to “Stay at home, save lives”. One of the only reasons to leave home is to exercise once a day alone or with members of the same household.
Spurs teammates Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon, who live in the same housing complex, were also filmed together in the same public space. Their race also goes against government directives and it is understood that they saw their colleagues.
“We have reminded all of our players to respect social distance when exercising outdoors,” said a Tottenham spokesperson. “We will continue to reinforce this message. “
The Spurs have not played for nearly a month because the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the suspension of the sport. Mourinho first worked with his players at their Enfield headquarters before the national lockout left players to work alone.
While away from the training ground, Mourinho also volunteered to help elderly residents near their training ground, working with Age UK and Love Your DoorStep to prepare food parcels and other items for the delivery.
The Spurs’ last Premier League game saw Mourinho replace Ndombele at halftime against Burnley and publicly criticize him for his 45-minute performance at Turf Moor. “My thinking in the first half was that we didn’t have a midfielder,” said Mourinho. “I can’t keep giving him opportunities. “
The clubs have studied the possibility of working in pairs as Borussia Dortmund did on their training ground, but the players have so far limited themselves to working alone.