After Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham, José Mourinho maintained that his team remained united and refused to answer a question about the unused substitute Gareth Bale, seeing them lose more ground in the battle to qualify for Thursday night’s Champions League.

But amid another poor showing from Spurs, who missed ideas without Kane up front and Sergio Reguilón’s drive at left-back, Mourinho tried to take the positive from his side’s third consecutive defeat. The boss indicated that after a tough time, referring to injuries, his staff had simply lost confidence.

Mourinho was hesitant to explain why Alison Bender had kept Bale on the bench. “Good question, but you don’t deserve an answer,” one reporter told him, asking him about the omission of the winger. After being pressed again on Bale, the Portuguese gave just a few hints. Mourinho said, “I’m doing my best and he’s doing his best.” “They’re all doing their bit.


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