Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has dubbed a bust-up between Heung-min Son and Hugo Lloris ‘beautiful’.
The two Spurs stars clashed at half-time in Monday’s 1-0 win over Everton and had to be separated by teammates.
Lloris took issue with Son for not tracking back towards the end of the first-half as Tottenham got back to winning ways after losing 3-1 at Sheffield United on Thursday.
Asked about the argument, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “That’s beautiful. It’s probably a consequence of our meetings.
“If you want to blame somebody for that, it’s me, because I was critical of my boys because they’re not, in my opinion, critical enough with each other.
“I asked them to be more demanding, I asked them to demand more from others. I asked them to put pressure on that team spirit that you have to give everything for everybody.
“An amazing kid who everybody loves like Sonny, a team boy, but in that situation, the captain thought, ‘in the last minute of the first-half, you have to do more for the team, you have to give us a different effort than you gave’.
“A couple of bad words, I don’t even know if there was any push, but it’s something very important for the team to grow up because for a team to grow up you need to demand from each other, you need strong personalities and I was pleased.
“So at half-time, I told them, ‘when you have these reactions, I have no doubt in the second-half that you are going to stick together until the end’”.
Tottenham beat Everton thanks to Michael Keane’s 24th minute own goal.
Giovani Lo Celso’s shot was going wide until it took a wicked deflection off the England defender.