Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is intrigued to see what the reaction to Gareth Bale’s winning goal against Brighton is back in Madrid.Bale climbed off the bench to head home the first goal of his second spell in north London and it was an important one as it earned a 2-1 victory which moved Spurs up to second in the Premier League.The Wales international arrived on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in September after a torrid final couple of years in the Spanish capital, where he fell out of favour with coach Zinedine Zidane and was heavily criticised by the fans.It has been a slow start for him, but he is feeling the love back at the club where he developed into the world’s most expensive player and Mourinho was delighted.”I’m very pleased for him … When I have five minutes I’m going to Safari to look at Madrid websites to see what they say,” he said.”He knows we care about him and we know he cares about us, the team and the club, Spurs. He’s the perfect fit, he’s very calm, very intelligent, he has good feelings.”He had bad feelings before, because the training process was hard, and his body was suffering a little bit, but we gave him what he needs as a whole … I’m very pleased for him to score this winning goal.”Bale came to Spurs’ rescue as they were being held in a game dominated by VAR drama.VAR official Jonathan Moss awarded them an early penalty, adjudging Harry Kane to have been fouled inside the box when it looked marginal, with Kane sending the spot kick home for his 149th Premier League goal.The official then ruled Brighton should not be awarded a penalty of their own, and even advised referee Graham Scott to check Tariq Lamptey’s second-half equaliser, but the goal stood after what looked a foul on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.Mourinho said it should not be the managers’ responsibility to come out and try and give an explanation to the decisions.”I see Scott as a good referee. He had the opportunity to go to the screen and watch on the screen the same thing we watched on the bench on our iPad. He should explain but I know that’s not going to happen so let’s move on and speak about a very difficult match that we won,” he added.Graham Potter took a similar view and chose to take the positives out of a plucky defeat.”It is another conversation around refereeing and VAR which I am not too interested in. I can’t control what they do,” the Seagulls manager said.”Disappointed with the result, but really pleased with the positives. We pushed Tottenham hard and are disappointed to come away with nothing.”It would be more concerning if we weren’t playing well, our performances have been good on the whole.”
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping people are watching back in Madrid after their on-loan star Gareth Bale scored the winner for Spurs against Brighton.