Jose Mourinho said “competing, minutes and intensity” were all more important than the result after Tottenham lost 2-1 to Norwich in a friendly.
Erik Lamela opened the scoring but Josip Drmic and Mario Vrancic scored for Norwich as Tottenham continued preparations for the Premier League’s return next week.
They face Manchester United in a crucial game on Friday, June 19, and Mourinho was happy to see his players back out on the pitch.
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But the Portuguese also underlined the importance of “playing here without our supporters” as clubs ready themselves for games behind closed doors.
“We needed minutes, we needed to know the feeling of playing here without our supporters and to have this session with another Premier League team is the best thing,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.
“It was a different match. We were supposed to divide the team in two and play another match tomorrow but that was not possible, so I agreed with Daniel to have this match of four periods.
“Of course, when you get into the third and fourth periods, you start making lots of changes because in the end, what we work on tactically, we do at the training ground, and today was more about competing, minutes, intensity.
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“In the last period we played some of the young boys, even George Marsh, who was playing for Leyton Orient, but joined us for this period of preparation where we need numbers.
“It was very important to do it and to go into this last week without any injuries, because we all know in these first matches, even friendlies, there is always the risk of getting injuries.
“It was good. I thank Daniel and his players and everyone at Norwich for coming to us and to share with us this opportunity, the last opportunity for us and them before our Friday matches.”