Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has slammed Giovani Lo Celso – despite his goal and man of the match performance against Ludogorets in the Europa League.
While many expected the Spurs boss to praise his star man on Thursday night, Mourinho instead used a question about Lo Celso to tear him apart, criticizing his fitness and revealing that he ‘doesn’t’ was not trained ”during the first confinement.
Speaking immediately after Spurs’ 3-1 win in Bulgaria, which puts them at the top of Group J, Mourinho said of Lo Celso: “Good with the ball and not so good without the ball. His physical condition is not good. He didn’t have a preseason.
Giovani Lo Celso scored Tottenham’s third and was voted man of the match at Ludogorets
Jose Mourinho, however, didn’t hold back in his criticism of the Argentine on Thursday night
During the lockout of the previous season, he had some issues – he didn’t train during that time other guys were training, so he was up and down in his preparation. So it’s coming now, step by step.
“I think when he plays he’s not the Gio that we know, not the Gio that we know he can be an amazing player. But with the ball, of course, big criteria and he knows what he’s doing of course, and understands the way we want to play. But it takes more intensity to be fitter, to be more intense and to be stronger in transitions.
“But of course he played for over an hour, and during that hour, of course, it was a football game that we had to win, but it was also, say, a training session for improve your physical shape. “
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Mourinho was not happy with Lo Celso’s fitness, claiming he did not train during the lockdown
Lo Celso played, scoring Spurs’ third goal before clinching the man of the match award one night Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham.
Spurs are now leading their group on goal difference but are in a good position with two home games to go.
Lo Celso has only started one league game for Spurs this season but is hopeful that as his physical form improves the Portuguese will give him more chances.