Tottenham: Mourinho pleased to reach fifth League Cup final
Jose Mourinho admitted that his Tottenham side’s professionalism meant a lot for the integrity of the tournament and their non-league opponents Marine. Spurs ruthlessly dispatched the 13th tier outfit, winning 5-0 in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Premier League giants made the trip to the Northern Premier League Division One North West team, with the gap between the two sides the biggest in the competition’s long history.
And despite an early scare when the home side whacked the crossbar, Mourinho’s side rarely looked like succumbing to the greatest cup upset.
Carlos Vinicius opened the scoring after 24 minutes and doubled the lead just six minutes later. Lucas Moura made it three with a whipped free-kick, before Vinicius wrapped up a first-half hat-trick.
It was a case of managing the tie in the second period and they did just that with 16-year-old Alfie Devine making it five on the hour mark.
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Speaking after the win, Mourinho claimed that the commitment his side shown was important to not only their opponents, but to the FA Cup in general.
“I am happy, I think the boys were professionals and didn’t stop until the game was over in terms of result,” he said.
“The attitude was positive and that means a lot for me and also for the competition and to Marine’s guys, because they felt we played seriously.
“We started seriously and we finish seriously. We tried to kill the game as soon as we could, and we did that.
“The second half was a question of controlling the result, control the energy, control the potential injury, and of course I’m very happy with the way the players faced the game.”
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Dele Alli was handed a rare start at Rossett Park, with Mourinho shuffling his deck ahead of another hectic fixture schedule.
The England international has been extensively inked with a move away from north London, but his manager was particularly happy with his showing.
Alli registered an assist for the first goal, before playing an inch perfect pass in the build-up to the second.
On his performance, Mourinho added: “I like very much. I think him and Gedson they were two players who were responsible from minute 10 until minute 75.
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“They were the ones that created. They were the ones with mobility, they were the ones that started that dynamic that created problems for them and goals for us.
“So I’m really happy. Of course he was a little bit cautious, like all of the creative players, they were a little bit afraid of the pitch, of some emotional tackle.
“But very happy, very professional attitude and a good performance.”
Spurs’ next fixture is scheduled to be at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Villa’s coronavirus outbreak has thrown the game into doubt, but Mourinho added he is preparing for the game to go ahead, until he’s told otherwise.
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