'It was beautiful': Jose Mourinho hails ugly fight between teammates

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Pictured here, an ugly spat between Spurs teammates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min.
Spurs teammates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min were involved in a heated exchange at halftime. Pic: Optus Sport

The sight of a captain fighting a teammate on the field isn't exactly the best look, but for Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, he didn't mind it one bit.

When Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris ran over to confront Son Heung-min on the field at halftime, Mourinho was far from annoyed.

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The manager renowned for his own flashpoints and volatility was delighted to see tensions between teammates erupting in public view.

"It was beautiful," he said. "Probably it's a consequence of our meetings."

Angered by the timidity of a 3-1 loss at Sheffield United in the previous English Premier League round, Mourinho saw the passion he wanted as Tottenham this time secured a 1-0 victory over Everton on Monday.

Just before the break, with Tottenham leading, Son lost the ball which led to Richarlison having a chance to equalise before striking wide of Lloris' post.

"I think to concede a chance a few seconds before halftime because we don't make the pressing properly," Lloris said, "that annoys me but it's part of football. Move on."

Only, Lloris didn't when the whistle blew for halftime, shouting as he raced over to Son. Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks intervened to split the clashing teammates before they headed into the dressing room.

Teammates make up by end of match

Son had created the goal in the 24th minute. The South Korea forward knocked the ball forward to Harry Kane who squared for Lo Celso to strike on the turn and Everton defender Michael Keane deflected the ball into his own net.

"An amazing kid that everyone loves like Sonny, a team boy," Mourinho said.

"But in that situation the captain thought the last minute of the first half you have to do more for the team.

"You have to give a different effort than you give. A couple of bad words but I think it's something very important for the team to grow up."

In the dressing room, Mourinho told them: "I have no doubt you will stick together until the end."

Lloris and Son appeared to have settled their differences by the end of the match. Pic: Getty
Lloris and Son appeared to have settled their differences by the end of the match. Pic: Getty

That they did. Tottenham moved up to eighth place with their second victory from the four games since the league resumed after a three-month suspension.

At the end of the game, Lloris and Son embraced on the pitch - despite the need for social distancing to be maintained due to the coronavirus pandemic which means no fans are allowed into games.

"What happened between me and Sonny is just something that is part of football sometimes," Lloris said. "But there is no problem at all. You can see at the end of the game we are more than happy to be part of the team and to have these three points."

with Yahoo Sport staff