Jose Mourinho went ‘crazy’ at Joe Rodon late in Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea
Joe Rodon came away with a hard-earned clean sheet on his Premier League debut for Tottenham Hotspur, as reports the football.london.
Rodon got the nod to replace the injured Toby Alderweireld in Sunday’s crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The goalless draw took Jose Mourinho’s men back to the top of the table above reigning champions Liverpool on goal difference, while Chelsea remained third.
After the match, Mourinho declared himself “happy” with Rodon’s performance, though Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp revealed the manager did give the summer signing from Swansea City a telling off at one point during the second half.
And Redknapp’s pitchside insight also gave an idea of Mourinho’s tactical mindset, even if he did insist he was not satisfied with just a point.
“I can imagine the second-half, Jose said to his team, ‘Let’s get the point’,” said former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Redknapp.
“They lost two games to Chelsea last season, they were outclassed in both games, so ‘let’s make sure we get something, by hook or by crook, we’re gonna make sure we’re defensively sound’.
“There was an example when Rodon went forward with the ball, I watched Jose and his assistant when he did that, they went crazy at him.
“‘Get back, we want to be defensively so sound’, he didn’t want his full-backs to push on too much, even when he brings on Ben Davies at the end.
“He wants the point, he knows how vital it is. They beat Man City last week, three brilliant points, and then to get a point at a vibrant Chelsea side, he’ll be delighted with that.
“It’s not pretty, but he’s trying to turn this Spurs side into winners – it’s gonna take some time, but the signs are really good from them.”
Asked about Rodon’s top flight bow, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “It’s difficult, but he showed good personality.
“I want to analyse the game step-by-step with him, but from my fast analysis during the non-stop 90 minutes, I got one mistake that ended with an offside goal, and another one with a back-header to Hugo (Lloris) that found (Olivier) Giroud.
“After that, he was solid, brave, comfortable, and that for me, is an important thing.
“You compare the two teams, and you look at the two centre-backs and you say, Thiago Silva coming from an amazing career at the highest level, and Joe Rodon coming from Swansea in the Championship. I have to be happy with the kid.”