Discussing some of the criticism that has been levelled at Mourinho recently, Bruce said he could not understand it and that he believed Mourinho's achievements were second only to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho is no stranger to disciplinary action in the Premier League but refused to comment on the penalty decision, insisting that he has nothing to say on the matter [Football London].
"What he's won is probably only bettered by Alex, so how he gets criticised is ridiculous because he is one of the great coaches, managers, certainly of the last decade or two".
Newcastle turned in a terrible display last weekend to lose 3-0 at home to Brighton in the Premier League, but despite making nine changes went on to deliver a resounding 7-0 thumping of League Two side Morecambe in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
"I'm delighted with the response but we've got to find that consistency so we don't throw in a Brighton".
Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin's ankle injury will be assessed, while Ciaran Clark is out with a thigh problem.
Jamal Lewis is a major doubt due to an eye injury sustained last weekend. "He's got a bad cut on it and we understand now the way things are with blood, so we're just going to see how he is", said Bruce.
The fixture against Frank Lampard's men means Spurs will play four times in eight days, in three different competitions.
Mourinho took Son off at the break, perhaps taking into account the team's busy schedule with midweek League Cup and Europa League matches on the horizon, but without the South Korean there was a more pedestrian look to Tottenham.
"I think the EFL ranked them by themselves", Mourinho said when asked how he ordered the games in importance. "The game is finished, and I don't want to speak about it". "So I don't need to rank for us".