• Blasts VAR, ballboys over Spurs 0-1 loss

An enraged José Mourinho called one of Southampton’s backroom staff “an idiot”, even as he accused the St Mary’s ballboys of being coached to waste time during matches.

The Portuguese did not also spare VAR in his rage, demanding that the electronic device be rebranded after watching his side, Tottenham Hotspur lose their talisman, Harry Kane, to a hamstring injury in a dispiriting 1-0 defeat on the south coast.

It was Southampton’s Danny Ings’ lone strike that sank Tottenham and Mourihno admitted he was booked for being rude to the Southampton goalkeeping Coach, Andrew Sparkes, after venturing into the home dugout to air his frustration at what he felt was Sparkes’s time wasting.

“I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot,” said Mourinho.

“For some reason I was rude. But I was, and because I was rude I deserve the yellow card. Basically, I had bad words with the guy.”

Mourinho, who also turned his ire on Southampton’s ball-boys, said; “The second half was not easy. They were winning, they were defending basically with 10 players, fighting hard and being aggressive, a good aggressive, with lots of fouls, lots of [times] the match stopped and the ball-boys were well coached in the delaying of the game and there was not much play.”

Then came his blast at VAR, insisting officials should be renamed. “In this moment the referees are not the referees. I think the VAR should change their name because ‘Video Assistant Referee’, that’s not true. It should be VR, Video Referees, because they are the referees, they are the assistant. It is strange because you see the referees on the pitch and they are not the referees, they are the assistant referees. The other guys in [Stockley Park], they are the ones that make the big decisions in the game.”

The extent of Kane’s hamstring injury is unknown while Mourinho also bemoaned Tanguy Ndombele’s injury, with the £55m summer signing forced off after 25 minutes after being clipped by the Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

“He’s always injured,” Mourinho said. “He’s injured, he plays one match, [the] next week he is injured. We are full of hope since the beginning of the season. It is a concern.

“You think you have a player, you think you have a player in the evolution process, he plays very well against Norwich, you are full of hope that he is ready for it but he is not ready for it. It is a situation that we have had since the beginning of the season.” – The Guardian

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