Mourinho curious to see reactions at Madrid after Bale’s winner for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has expressed curiosity over the reactions at Real Madrid after Gareth Bale scored the winner for the North Londoners in the 2:1 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Welshman came off the bench to score his first goal on his return to the Premier League for a second spell with Spurs which ensured that they amassed maximum points from the game and currently sit second on the log.

Bale returned to Spurs in the summer on a season-long loan from Real Madrid after some torrid years where he fell out of favor at Santiago Bernabeu and was subjected to heavy criticisms from fans.

Although he has had a slow start to life on his return to England and to the club where he attained world-class status, the Portuguese boss is delighted to have him in his ranks for this season’s challenge.

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“I’m very pleased for him, especially for him because he deserves that,” he said. “When I have five minutes I’m going to Safari to look at Madrid websites to see what they say.

“He knows we care about him and we know he cares about us, the team and the club, Spurs. He’s the perfect fit, he’s very calm, very intelligent, he has good feelings.

“He had bad feelings before, because the training process was hard, and his body was suffering a little bit, but we gave him what he needs as a whole.

“I am speaking about sports science, medical, my assistants, the other players. I’m very pleased for him to score this winning goal.

“I told already for about a week or so, I’m saying he’s improving. It’s not just by watching him, the data supports our training process. We knew. The good thing is Gareth also knows. We share ideas and share feelings.

“He doesn’t have 90 minutes of a Premier League match in his legs yet so we’re using the Europa League to complement his training process.

“We are using some matches in the Premier League when we decide to play him and the normal tendency for him will be of course to be better and better and better. I always will have this care with him until we feel that he’s ready.”

Tottenham Hotspur were awarded a penalty after consultation with VAR for Harry Kane to convert and make it 149 Premier League goals.

VAR ruled out what looked like a penalty to Brighton in the course of the game, with the official Jonathan Moss also advising the referee Graham Scott to check Tariq Lamptey’s equalizer for Brighton after it seemed like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had been fouled in the build-up.

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Meanwhile, Mourinho stated that it’s not the responsibility of managers to come and explain decisions made by officials.

“They are decisions that I think they should explain and not leaving us in front of you, and us explaining things that many, many times we don’t find any explanation to it,” he added. “So I prefer not to speak about it.

“I see Scott as a good referee. He had the opportunity to go to the screen and watch on the screen the same thing we watched on the bench on our iPad. He should explain but I know that’s not going to happen so let’s move on and speak about a very difficult match that we won.”