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Jose Mourinho lashes out at journalist over Gareth Bale issue

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho declined to say why on loan winger Gareth Bale was left on the bench in Thursday night’s Premier League loss to Chelsea, a game in which Spurs appeared to be running out of ideas and did little to worry the visitors.

Bale only got his second Premier League start since returning to the club in a special comeback last summer in the recent loss to Brighton and returned to the bench as Spurs lost a third league game consecutive at the hands of the former Mourinho team.

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Spurs lost to Chelsea thanks to first half penalty | Clive Rose / Getty Images

But the Spurs boss was not ready to explain why the 31-year-old, whose return has fallen flat since being publicized as one of the summer signings, was not involved.

“Good question, but you don’t deserve an answer,” he told a reporter who requested information.

“I’m doing my best. He’s doing his best. Everyone is doing their best.

Mourinho regretted the absence of Harry Kane with an ankle injury, suggesting that the rest of the squad lack confidence without the talisman.

“I don’t like to talk about Harry Kane and the company, but it means something to the confidence of the players,” Mourinho said, as quoted by The Guardian.

“We tried without Vinicius against Brighton. We tried today with Vinicius and two upstairs. We tried in the second half with him as a target man and two wingers and a No.10. We try to continue the search but I saw the solidarity.

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Mourinho said Spurs lacked confidence without Harry Kane | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

“It’s not easy to see the cohesion with poor results, difficulties, injuries. Usability is very easy to show when you are on a high and winning game. But in difficult times, it’s more difficult to see this union, but I saw it in the second half. No doubt for me.

Spurs end the week eighth in the Premier League table, seven points off the top four and in the worst form streak of any team in the top half of the table. Next up is a must-see home game against relegation fodder West Brom on Sunday afternoon, where Kane could potentially return.

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