Lucas Moura admits Jose Mourinho has a tough job at keeping everyone happy at Tottenham after seven new players joined in the summer transfer window. Mourinho was keen to bolster his squad in the summer in all positions in order to battle towards the top of the table.
Daniel Levy delivered by bringing in Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Joe Rodon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius.
And it’s worked well for Spurs so far as they currently sit top of the Premier League.
They’ve not had too many injury issues either, meaning Mourinho has been able to stick with the relatively same team in the Premier League.
He’s made a handful of changes when needed to give some a rest due to the hectic fixture schedule.
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But one area the Spurs boss has stuck with a regular pairing is in central defence with both Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld the preferred partnership.
However, Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that Alderweireld would be out for at least two weeks with a muscle injury.
“He has a muscular injury but not as big as we initially thought,” he said.
“He will have time to be out but not like a month which is what we immediately thought.
“So I would say between two and four weeks. But of course he is not playing tomorrow.”
Davinson Sanchez is expected to take Alderweireld’s place tonight against Ludogorets having fallen down the pecking order.
Moura himself has struggled to break into the starting line-up on a regular basis.
But when asked whether Sanchez is ready to step in, Moura stated Mourinho has a number of tough calls to make.
“It’s not easy because everyone wants to play and we made very good signings in the summer,” he said.
“It’s not easy for the gaffer to choose because he needs to choose only 11 players.
“The maximum that every player can do is do our best during the week and in every opportunity that we have. That’s it.
“In a big club and a big team, we’ll always have a big fight for our place in the team. We need to fight for this.”
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