Tottenham debutant Japhet Tanganga has revealed he told Jose Mourinho he was not scared by the prospect of facing Liverpool in his first Premier League game.
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Spurs have had a full week on the training ground and Tanganga was asked by Mourinho whether he would be scared to face the Premier League leaders.
Tanganga said: “The gaffer mentioned something on Tuesday. He asked me if I want to play, I said ‘Yeah’, he said ‘You wont be scared?’, I said ‘No, I wont be scared.’
“Then we did a bit of shape two or three days before the game and I thought, ‘Yeah I’m in the team’.
“The boys have been excellent, cheering me on, encouraging me and letting me know it is just another game.
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“As much as it is my debut, as much as I am playing against probably the best team in the league right now, it doesn’t matter.
“They were just great, I am grateful for the manager having trust in me.”
Spurs improved in the second half and could have scored an equaliser, only for Heung-Min Son and Giovani Lo Celso to miss big chances.
It is a day that Tanganga will always remember, but admits it is “bittersweet”.
“I was happy to make my debut but I really thought we could have nicked something at the end of the game. Maybe a draw, maybe a win,” he added on Spurs TV.
“It means a lot, from young you dream about it, you see guys on TV and you think, ‘I want that’.