Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho aimed at a thinly veiled dig at the international break moaning over the post-match Covid-19 tests and having to train with just six players.
Mourinho admitted earlier this month that he feared the worst again and expected only ‘negative things’ from the international football round and suffered a heavy blow with Irishman Matt Doherty testing positive coronavirus.
The defender fought Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Wales but will now miss Tottenham’s fixtures with Manchester City and Chelsea after his test result came back positive.
Jose Mourinho launched a sarcastic rant on Instagram about the international break – posting a photo of himself training at the Tottenham training ground
Tottenham boss has only six players left in training due to international spell
Mourinho has also said he would like Harry Kane to be rested for these internationals after being involved in a club-to-country row over the use of the striker with England boss Gareth Southgate last month.
Kane was left on the bench for England’s friendly win over Ireland last week but played the full 90 minutes as Belgium beat Southgate’s men 2-0 in the Nations League clash Sunday – just like Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier.
The Spurs boss, who has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with their stacking up of matches this season, has clearly been even more agitated by how the international split has affected his plans.
In a sarcastic rant on Instagram, Mourinho wrote alongside a photo of himself training: “Amazing football week. Great emotions in the matches of the national team, great friendlies and total safety.
Mourinho moaned about Covid testing after Matt Doherty tested positive after playing in Wales
Key Spurs players Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld both played 90 minutes on Sunday
“Covid test results after matches played, random players on the pitch during team sessions and much more.
“After another training session with only 6 players, now is the time to take care of myself. “
The 57-year-old was also unhappy at having to release three of his Tottenham players, including recently fit Gareth Bale to work under Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg with Wales.
Stuivenberg, Mikel Arteta’s assistant at Arsenal, has been on the coaching staff in Wales since 2018 and will take charge of Wednesday’s game with Finland in Ryan Giggs’ absence following his arrest on allegations of assault, having previously overseen a draw with the United States. and a win against Ireland this month.
Mourinho has only had six players at his disposal to prepare for Saturday’s test clash with Manchester City, but he will welcome all of his international stars on Thursday, leaving him just a few days to train with a full squad.
Mourinho was also unhappy that Gareth Bale was teaming up with an Arsenal coach on duty in Wales
He will only have a few days with his full squad to prepare for Saturday’s clash with Man City