Jose Mourinho wanted to change whole Tottenham team in defeat to Royal Antwerp

Jose Mourinho has admitted he wanted to change his whole team at half time as Tottenham were beaten in the Europa League by Royal Antwerp.

Mourinho made four subs at the break, bringing Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius, Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn all off.

Harry Kane came on during the second half as Tottenham chased a result following Ben Davies’ error which allowed Antwerp to score.

It wasn’t to be with Spurs failing to have a shot on target against their Belgian hosts after the 19th minute.

And Mourinho said he would have changed his whole team at the break if he was allowed having given some fringe players an opportunity.

Mourinho said: “I would like to make 11 [changes]! I didn't make five as was afraid of a long 45 minutes.

“At half-time I tried to improve the situation but was not enough. Second half we improved. In the end Antwerp got what they deserved. The best team won and the worst team loss.

“You know what our best team is. I always like to think the players deserve an opportunity. We have a big squad.

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“It's also their opportunity to catch the chance with both hands and ask for more. Tonight my future choices are going to be very easy.”

And when questioned on why he took off Alli specifically, Mourinho declined to talk about individuals.

“I don't want to analyse individually. It's fair to say that players with bad performances influence the team but also a team influence individual performances.

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“It's not for me to individualise and brings some names to the table.”

Gareth Bale was also given a chance to start though looked off the pace as the Real Madrid loanee still works his way to full fitness.

And on trying to get players up to speed, Mourinho added: “That's what I want from the players and what I expect. It's my entire responsibility to choose the players.”

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