Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho aimed a "subconscious" dig at Gareth Bale following Tottenham's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday.
The Welsh forward was handed a rare start for Spurs in the game at the Amex Stadium, but was ineffective once again and was replaced by Lucas Moura after 61 minutes.
In an interview with Sky Sports at full-time, Mourinho made repeated reference to how much Spurs improved in the latter stages of the game.
He said: "In the second half, especially in the last 25-30 minutes I saw a team with a different soul, a team that was ready to give everything, a team that was ready to gamble.
"I saw people trying really, really hard until the last second, and I leave with positive feelings towards my boys because of the last 30 minutes."
And following Mourinho's words, Redknapp said he was sure they were a way of subtly criticising Bale for his poor showing.
"He said at least six times in that interview, 'in the last half-an-hour,'" Redknapp noted.
"In the last half-an-hour Gareth Bale came off, so that's pretty much what he's alluding to right there.
"I've seen enough Jose Mourinho interviews to know when he's digging someone out subconsciously or whatever way you look at it."
Redknapp hinted that Mourinho may be beginning to lose control at Spurs, and added: "There's too many things that I don't like right now when I look at this Tottenham side.
"When Jose has these mannerisms, and puts little messages out to people, it's not good signs to be honest.
"He's had a fallout with Serge Aurier this week, Dele Alli's not in the squad, I imagine a lot of people don't like the way Gareth Bale is being treated as well.
"But you can't expect Bale to come in after hardly playing any football and play amazing. It doesn't work like that. He needs more minutes."
It remains to be seen if Bale keeps his place in the side when Spurs take on Chelsea on Thursday, but another defeat would see the pressure begin to ramp up on Mourinho as his team continue to lose ground in the race for a place in the top four.
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