LONDON – When Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris confronted Son Heung-min on the field at halftime, Jose Mourinho was far from annoyed.
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 equalize but 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.
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.