Jose Mourinho snaps at journalist when asked why Gareth Bale didn’t play against Chelsea as Tottenham boss reaches unwanted milestone
Jose Mourinho reached an unwanted milestone as his Tottenham side toiled to a defeat at home to Chelsea on Thursday night.
Spurs were poor and second best throughout as a first-half penalty from Jorginho proved to be the difference following Eric Dier’s clumsy challenge on Timo Werner.
The defeat leaves Spurs eighth in the Premier League table and seven points off the top four.
It’s also the first time Mourinho has suffered back-to-back home league defeats in his managerial career in what was his 327th home league match.
Gareth Bale didn’t feature in the clash sparking more uncertainty about his future at the club. And Mourinho gave a spiky response when asked by journalist Alison Bender why the Welshman wasn’t brought on against Chelsea.
He said: “Good question but you don’t deserve an answer.”
Bale’s return to Spurs has been a disaster so far. The 31-year-old has made just six Premier League appearances this term, scoring once which is a poor return considering the large chunk of his £600,000-a-week salary on his Real Madrid contract Spurs are contributing to.
talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has a simple solution to Spurs’ Bale problem – send him the China!
The former Crystal Palace owner told Jim White on Thursday: “I think Gareth Bale and what’s happening with him at Tottenham is scandalous!
“We’ve been listening to, for two years, about this outrageous and unfair treatment of him at Real Madrid and how he has won the Champions League for Real Madrid and put in stellar performances and yet Zinedine Zidane has marginalised him…
“And we have this absolutely clamous of excitement for him to come back to play for Tottenham and it has been an absolute damp squib.
“You can’t run the argument that he played well against Wycombe – they’re going to get relegated to League One!
“Gareth Bale is a country mile off.
“I don’t want to make everything about money, but ultimately there has to be a point where people are paid what they’re worth and they’re worth what they’re paid – this player will be had under the trade descriptions act, he’s not fit for purpose.
“He should be able to slot into this side and provide solutions, but he is a mile off and it’s quite scandalous really.
“It’s not good enough and it should be called out. His performances have been completely and utterly below the level of a player we revere.
“Send him to China, where he wanted to go.
“Look at this, this is not right, something is not right here. Either this player is complete and utter past his sell by date… I know people say ‘form is temporary and class is permanent’, but at some point you’ve got to ask, where’s the class then?
“His form is not temporary, his form is now permanent, and it’s bloody disappointing.
“This is supposed to be a world-beating footballer. Even if he was performing at 60 per cent of the Gareth Bale that we once knew, he should be able to get in that Tottenham side, but he’s a mile off.
“Daniel Levy has signed a pup. What a disappointment.”