Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out over Serge Aurier’s decision to line out versus Newcastle, despite the tragic recent death of his brother.
Son on target
Spurs are currently locked in Premier League action with the Magpies at St. James’ Park.
Mourinho’s men headed into proceedings with their tails up, on the back of a timely North London Derby victory over Arsenal at the weekend.
They were nevertheless aware, though, that nothing but another 3-point haul on Tyneside this evening would suffice, as the Lilywhites chase down a Europa League berth for next season.
And, as things stand, this is precisely what Tottenham are headed towards.
With a little less than half an hour remaining in the clash, the capital giants lead Newcastle by 2 goals to 1.
Heung-min Son bagged the opener, slotting home at Martin Dubravka’s near post with 27 minutes on the clock.
Spurs have the breakthrough at St. James’ Park!
Son Heung-min makes an inch of space for himself and buries it inside the near post…
His 18th of the season 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RkjR5J7SCI
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 15, 2020
10 minutes into the 2nd-half, though, the hosts levelled things up, courtesy of a superb strike from Matt Ritchie.
But just when it looked as though Newcastle had managed to secure a foothold on proceedings, Spurs’ quality proved telling.
Moments after being introduced off the bench, Steven Bergwijn bent a sumptuous delivery into the box, with Harry Kane having done the rest with a typically pinpoint header.
‘Support his decision’
As is customary, an hour prior to the action getting underway this evening, the starting line-ups of both sides were made official.
Hosts Newcastle set up as follows:
Your line-up for #NEWTOT at St. James’ Park today. 👊⚫️⚪️
SUBS: K. Darlow, Joelinton, Y. Muto, J. Manquillo, V. Lazaro, C. Atsu, M. Longstaff, T. Allan, J. Young. pic.twitter.com/lXUP7CUNzn
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 15, 2020
The XI opted for by Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, quickly saw the headlines grabbed.
This came with Serge Aurier having incredibly opted to make himself available, just 48 hours after the Ivorian’s brother was shot and killed in France.
As such, speaking in his pre-match interview, Spurs boss Mourinho was inevitably drawn on Aurier’s inclusion.
And the Portuguese tactician went on to confirm that his side’s stopper ‘asked to play’, ahead of a trip to France tomorrow to see his mother:
Jose Mourinho says Serge Aurier asked to play today, days after his brother was shot and killed.
🗣 “We would always support his decision. Every person has different ways to face tragedies like this one and he asked to play.
“Tomorrow he goes to France to see his mum.” pic.twitter.com/rirfdNi2ag
— Goal (@goal) July 15, 2020
Newcastle, meanwhile, were full of praise for Aurier ahead of kick-off, with the Magpies having Tweeted:
After what must have been an incredibly difficult week, we have the utmost respect for Serge Aurier who starts for @SpursOfficial this afternoon.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 15, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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