Last minute efforts by Tottenham to loan Wanyama out to French league 1 side Amiens fell through at the last moment reportedly over the who pays most of the Kenyan captain's wages.
"There's no pressure, he keeps going, no setback". They had their best players, they had one more day rest, they were fresh.
"I prefer to play tomorrow because to have them on holidays would mean we were knocked out", said Mourinho. The boys are fantastic and I'm so happy for them.
Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela have joined the likes of Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies in the treatment room.
Mourinho told reporters after seeing Spurs edge out Southampton 3-2 on Wednesday: "I had to manage this chess game without pieces". No bishops, no kings, no queens.
"I do not want the risk of losing Paulo or Hugo".
"We were in real, real trouble to build a team, lots of fatigue after the match against Manchester City... if you forget these important items and you analyse in a simple pragmatic way, the best team lost".
"That's the spirit we have in this squad".
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Spurs centre-half Jan Vertonghen was substituted in the second half as Mourinho changed tactics, with the 32-year-old Belgium worldwide visibly disappointed by the decision, although he did not confront his manager.
"They were fresher, had more intensity, they tried to win the game, they didn't want to defend the result or try to wait for something to happen, they were fearless and we had to cope with that with a game plan that was detail by detail".
"The referees don't see it as well as we can because the referees are on the pitch and it's 200 miles an hour so it's very hard for them".
"Some players react in a negative way but Jan acted like the professional that he is".