“My players didn’t play the quality of football that we want, but because of Burnley – not because of us. This is the kind of match where if you take too many risks, you can lose it.
“We did well – solid, great team spirit, and I’m very happy. It’s incredible: three games away, nine points.”
Loanee Gareth Bale, who returned to Spurs this summer seven years after leaving for Real Madrid, did not feature, and Mourinho said it was in part due to a desire to avoid the afore-mentioned “risks”.
“Not just about Bale, but I thought many times of bringing on [Sergio] Reguilon and [Giovani] Lo Celso with [Tanguy] Ndombele.”
Ndombele, in fine form and enjoying more game time in recent weeks, started, while Lo Celso came on in the second half and Reguilon remained an unused sub.
New signing Joe Rodon, acquired from Swansea this summer, came off the bench in added time to make his debut for Spurs.
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