Mourinho identifies key area for improvement but puts positive spin on result

Date published: Saturday 25th January 2020 5:24

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho bemoaned his forwards’ lack of cutting edge in front of goal, but chose to look on the bright side after being forced to a replay by Southampton.

Spurs looked all set for advancement to the fifth round of the FA Cup but an eight-seventh minute equaliser from Sofiane Boufal ensured the teams will do battle once more during the Premier League winter break.

The extra fixture is the last thing Mourinho and Tottenham needed with a hectic fixture schedule coming up with the return of European football, but the Portuguese chose to put a positive spin on the situation in his post-match comments.

Speaking to the BBC immediately following the match, Mourinho said: “They are a good team., they play at home and they react.

“They put some pressure on us in the last minutes. The ball didn’t go out for about five minutes. They scored. But we are alive.

“Our fantastic fans that came here today, plus the other 50,000 that will go to the match at home, will be happy we have one more match.

“We are going on that difficult way! We are working. We don’t need one more match but we have it so we are going to fix it.

“This is the way it is. It’s better to draw than to be out. We have a match at home which is difficult of course, but better than losing.

“We had to wait for chances to score. Good transitions, good passing, good positions then we had Son Heung-min who missed by a few inches and the keeper made a good save.

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“They have a style of play which is very direct and very aggressive.

“We improved bit by bit in the last few matches, we didn’t concede [in recent games]. We conceded in the minute of 80-something today but we are not scoring enough goals for the chances we create.

“They did exactly the same. They chose their best team and played at the maximum strength which is the way to respect the competition.

“We don’t need one more match but we have to play. Both of us prefer to have the next match then not have it. The desire to do it [win the cup] is the same for everyone. I believe that in the next round it will be a massive number of Premier League teams.”


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