Spurs boss Jose Mourinho snapped at a reporter when questioned about Gareth Bale after their 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Thursday night.
Despite having Bale on the bench and his side chasing the game in the second half, Mourinho never looked like bringing the Wales international on.
Asked by a TV reporter why he did not come on, he replied: “Good question. You do not deserve to know the answer.”
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Quizzed about it again in his press conference, the Spurs boss said: “I am trying my best. Gareth is trying his best. Everyone is trying their best.”
Unsurprisingly the goals have dried up at Tottenham without Harry Kane, who is the chief provider and the football has been insipid in recent weeks.
Asked why the goals have dried up, Mourinho said: “Well, (Sergio) Reguilon means something for our attacking football. Harry Kane means something for our attacking football.
“Gio Lo Celso again means something for our attacking football. A good Dele Alli that we didn’t have yet but hope that we can have in the future means something for us.
“It’s not just what they mean, they mean that we don’t have many options to rotate players and we finish with people with some signs of fatigue because of the accumulation of matches because we don’t have so many players to rest.
“The second thing is confidence. The confidence levels are very, very important to play football. When a team doesn’t have good results, a period when results are not good, you need that click back to go back to normality. So for me it’s a little bit like that.”