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Mourinho satisfied with Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Reading

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Jose Mourinho was left satisfied by Tottenham’s performance in their 4-1 friendly win over Reading on Friday evening.

Tottenham made easy work of Reading on Friday to secure back-to-back pre-season victories after beating Ipswich Town 3-0 last week.

It took just seven minutes for Mourinho’s side to take the lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, courtesy of an Omar Richards own goal. Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son then extended their lead with clinical finishes before the break.

Erik Lamela later fired home a free-kick in the second-half to seal a resounding win despite George Puscas scoring a late penalty for Reading.

Nonetheless, Mourinho was particularly pleased with his side’s first-half display and how the players put training concepts into practice during the match.

“It’s a pity it doesn’t give us three points!” the Spurs boss said on the club’s website.

“Jokes apart, it wasn’t bad at all, especially in the first half when we put on the pitch things that we’ve worked on during the week, and it was very interesting.

“The second half was normal. They made a lot of changes, we made a lot of changes, you lose a little of the structure of the game and it becomes more about giving minutes to players, minutes to the kids. But I think in the first half, by the organizational point of view, that was very interesting.

“I thought Reading were very well organized. [Reading coach] Mark Bowen did very good work with them, organized, they know how to build, how to play.

“It was very good for us to put on the pitch things that we are working on in training, and to have Serge [Aurier] back and Moussa [Sissoko] back for a few minutes, so, step by step. Next week, they go to their international teams. Tomorrow we’ll do it all over again.”