Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho fired shots at Real Madrid as Gareth Bale scored the first goal of his second spike in a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
Bale, on loan from Madrid, took off the bench to seal a scrappy three points for Tottenham, seven years after his last club goal. Those seven years, particularly the most recent, were littered with discomfort in the Spanish capital as his relationship with Madrid collapsed.
And Mourinho, the former boss of Bernabeu, could not help but go for a frantic dig at Bale’s employers after the Welshman had re-opened his Spurs account.
Tottenham’s manager said, “I’m happy with him because he deserved it. When I have five minutes, I’m going to Safari to check out Madrid’s website to see what they’re saying.
In the meantime, Mourinho was puzzled by Graham Scott’s inability to reverse Brighton’s target of victory, which was marred by several controversial decisions.
In some quarters, Harry Kane was accused of the dark arts when he won the penalty in the first half, then Brighton was denied one when Matt Doherty tugged at Leandro Trossard. But the most controversial decision came when Tariq Lamptey ‘s visitor goal was allowed to stand despite what seemed to be a clear foul of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the build-up.
Referee Scott remained at the top of the incident at the time and took a second look at VAR’s advice, but also chose to stand by his initial judgment.
Mourinho, offering a much more cheerful interview than he might have done had the match ended in a draw, was puzzled by the incident.