Why Jose Mourinho Is Desperate To Beat Manchester United To Sergio Reguilón Signing
Jose Mourinho needs no excuse to try and get one over on Manchester United, but the bitter end to the manager's reign at Old Trafford isn't the only reason for Tottenham stepping up their bid to sign Sergio Reguilón.
The Real Madrid left-back is believed to be close to sealing a switch to North London and anyone who has seen his highlights from the Europa League semi-final will appreciate why Spurs and United have gone head to head for his signature.
Sergio Reguilón's incredible display :vs: Man Utd in the Europa League semi-final :fire:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2020
Who'd like to see more of this in the Premier League? :raising_hand:♂️ pic.twitter.com/imDl4FW3Xj
In episode seven of Amazon Prime's hit documentary, there are several scenes that reveal the Spurs manager's lack of confidence in current left-back Ben Davies.
Mourinho's doubts about Davies centre around the defender not being more vocal on the pitch.
After Spurs lose at home to RB Leipzig in the Champions League, owing to a penalty conceded by Davies, Mourinho gathers the squad for a meeting about their defensive struggles.
At first he appears to single out Dele Alli for leaving his defensive position in the build-up to Davies fouling Konrad Laimer in the area - but then the manager turns to Davies and questions his role in the mistake.
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"Honesty, I don't blame only him [Alli]," says Mourinho as he analyses what happened. "I blame him, I blame him," he adds, pointing to Davies and Toby Alderweireld.
"You have to communicate. You have to tell Dele to come back," Mourinho continues, speaking directly to Davies in front of the entire team.
"I feel ridiculous to say this because I was really a sh*t player playing at a sh*t level. But I promise you Ben, if I'm there I don't let Dele go. I would make him stay here so the situation is under control. Dele walks, and it's a penalty. It's a simple mistake, but it's a goal."
In another scene later in the episode, Mourinho is filmed speaking one-to-one with Davies on the training ground after Spurs' 3-2 home defeat to Wolves.
The Welshman's communication is the topic of conversation again - with Mourinho telling him he is "f**king flat" on the pitch.
The Tottenham boss has already removed Danny Rose's squad number after a feisty meeting with the left-back was captured earlier in the series, and it now appears that his patience with Davies has also run dry.
It's no wonder that Reguilon has become a top target for Spurs then, although the club's fans may be hoping that a deal for another left-sided Real Madrid player takes priority.