Jose Mourinho has expressed doubts over Tanguy Ndombele’s attitude but says he has full belief in him now after the Frenchman rescued Tottenham from an embarrassing night in the Europa League.
Ndombele scored the winner as Spurs needed two goals in the final 10 minutes to beat Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 in the Europa League second round of qualifying.
The Frenchman scored with five minutes left after Harry Kane’s penalty had cancelled out Georgi Mindev’s opener as Plovdiv threatened to leave Mourinho’s men red-faced.
Mourinho and Ndombele have not had the best of relationships since the manager came to the club in November as the Spurs boss became increasingly frustrated with the club-record signing’s fitness and attitude, speaking out against Ndombele in the media.
But things look to be back on the right track now, with Mourinho saying he is confident Ndombele can perform for Spurs.
“Tanguy is in a process of evolution,” Mourinho said. “Last season, he wasn’t. Last season, he was stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution.
“In this moment, he’s training very, very well. He’s recovering from his injury, he’s recovering physically and today he gave us what we needed in this last 30 minutes.
“In this moment, I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his quality. Never. I doubted in some moments his motivation and commitment and professional attitude.
“In this moment, I believe in him. Today we made this decision together to not start the game because he also feels that he needs a bit more but in this moment I think that Tanguy can do well for us.”