Jose Mourinho snapped at a reporter after Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea on Thursday claiming they did not ‘deserve’ to know why he opted against bringing Gareth Bale off the bench.
The north Londoners suffered their third straight Premier League defeat in a limp and lifeless performance, with Jorginho’s first-half penalty sealing all three points for the visitors.
Spurs barely got out of their own half in the first 45 minutes and only started to muster some attacking intent towards the very end of the game – though it was too little too late.
Mourinho made a couple of changes to try and inject some impetus into his side, with Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura introduced in the 69th minute, but his third sub went unused.
Despite Harry Kane being absent with injury and Spurs in desperate need of a goal, Real Madrid loanee Bale remained sat on the bench and Mourinho appears to have little intention of explaining why the Welshman has been so under-used.
During a post-match pitch-side interview with Astro SuperSport’s Alison Bender, he was asked: ‘Can I just ask one tiny question. Obviously you were just 1-0 down, Gareth Bale – a lot of people were saying bring him on. Can I ask why you didn’t bring him on?’
After a brief pause Mourinho responded rather bizarrely, saying: ‘Good question but I don’t think you deserve an answer.’ He then proceeded to end the interview and walked off.
The reporter was inundated with support after the out-of-the-blue put-down and later tweeted: ‘Thanks for all your messages. It’s part of the job.
‘The press officer Simon [Felstein] came over and we had a good chat so it’s all good.’
Mourinho’s issue, it seems, may not be so much with the reporter but with Bale and he was similarly evasive in his post-match press conference when asked about the four-time Champions League winner.