FA Cup: Mourinho defends controversial Vertonghen substitution against Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has given reasons why he took Jan Vertonghen off early in the second half, of their FA Cup fourth round win over Southampton on Wednesday.

Tanguy Ndombele gave the hosts the lead, before the Saints scored twice through Shane Long and Danny Ings.

However, Spurs rallied back through Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min, to qualify for the fifth round.

But Mourinho decided a change needed to be made when he substituted Vertonghen, so he could switch from a back three to a back four.

“No injury, it was my decision. It’s normal that he’s sad. No player likes to come out.

“I decided to sacrifice Jan, so sad yes and with a reason to be sad, but happy now because he won.

“I don’t need to speak to him because he’s an intelligent guy. He’s very professional and it’s obvious that I did it not to punish because he was playing exactly the same as the others,” Mourinho told the media after the game.

Vertonghen’s current contract expires at the end of this season and he is expected to leave White Hart Lane.

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