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Press Conference: Jose Mourinho provides team news on Son, Lo Celso, Kane, Hojbjerg, talks on Arsenal loss and more

Press Conference: Jose Mourinho provides team news on Son, Lo Celso, Kane, Hojbjerg, talks on Dinamo Zagreb and more

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Tottenham are set to face Dinamo Zagreb in the second leg of the Europa League round 16 on Thursday night.

Spurs picked up a 2-0 win in the first leg with Harry Kane scoring a brace for his side.

And ahead of the Thursday’s game, head coach Jose Mourinho has talked to press, provided team news talked on the recent Arsenal game and more.

When asked when Son Heung-Min will be fit to play, Spurs boss replied:

“I don’t know. Definitely out for tomorrow.”

“If a player is injured. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly or an official match. If we get to next week and he is injured and we can prove that to the Korean football association then what can they do. If he can’t play for the club, he can’t play for his country.”

On the squad in general, Mourinho said:

“So Hojbjerg is suspended, Rodon not in the Europa list, Sonny is injured. Apart from that everyone back. Lo Celso back in training.”

On Giovani Lo Celso, the Portuguese manager said:

“Very talented player with very competitive qualities. I don’t think he has 90 minutes in his legs but he’s looked very confident in these three training sessions with the team. I think the team needs him and he is very competitive. I think even for some other players he will help some, he will scare others and I think we need that.”

On whether Harry Kane will play, Mourinho said:

“Kane is going to play. The game is open and it’s an important game so he plays for us.”

On the latest north London derby loss to Arsenal, Spurs boss added:

“I’m not ready to discuss this with you because this is about analysing the game and the performance and the reasons and it’s something I’m not ready to discuss with you media 2-3 days after and 24 hours ahead of another important game. Easy to say what I said after the game that we didn’t play very well and I think that’s fair to say.

“The performance from minute one was poor and then what happened in the second half with a poor refereeing decision, but let me make it clear, Michael is a very good referee. Despite me being normally very unlucky with him, I have no problem with him being my referee for the next game. He’s a good referee and just unlucky in his decisions with me. Clearly one of the best referees in the league and Europe.”


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