Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has accepted that Jan Vertonghen had reason to be sad after being subbed off in the early stages of the second half in the FA Cup game against Southampton on Wednesday.
Spurs came from behind late on to run away 3:2 winners although Vertonghen was far from impressive before he was taken off. The Belgian was inconsolable after he was subbed off by the Portuguese manager.
Vertonghen, 32, is out of contract in the summer and has been exposed a good number of times this season and seems as one whose days at the club are numbered. Meanwhile, after the game, Mourinho said:
“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.”