Mourinho makes Alli, Bale admission

English Premier League

Jose Mourinho has made a rather telling admission about the continued absence of Dele Alli and Gareth Bale from his starting line-ups after their defeat to Chelsea.

Spurs produced an insipid display against their London rivals in the laboured 1-0 defeat at the Tottenham Stadium on Thursday evening.

It marked three consecutive defeats after the 1-0 loss to Brighton and Liverpool last week. But the manner in which Spurs attack has struggled raised question marks over their two high-profile attackers.

And Mourinho admits injuries and lack of form is to blame for their mid-season slump as they went from title challengers to potentially dropping outside the top 10 over the last month.

"Reguilon means something for our attacking football," Mourinho said, as per the Daily Mail. "Harry Kane means something to our attacking football.

"Giovani Lo Celso means something and a good Dele Alli that we haven't had yet also means something to that. It also is about not having the players to change things. It's also about confidence."

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When asked about Bale who has looked well off the pace since his loan switch from 13-time European champions Real Madrid, the Spurs boss appeared to protect the misfiring Welshman.

"I'm doing my best. He [Bale] is doing his best. Everybody is doing their best," he said before criticising their performance.

"The performance in the first half was inferior to Chelsea. They had the initiative and they had the ball. We were in very low positions. The reality of the first half is that with them being superior a penalty decided the game.

"In the second half they were not superior and they had the low block. I saw togetherness and it's not easy to show togetherness with bad results and with injuries. It's easy to see togetherness in good moments but I saw it in that second half."

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