Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the goalpost had to be altered ahead of their Europa League clash against FC Shkendija. The manager himself examined the post after goalkeeper Joe Hart stated that they were too small in height.
The London club put one step into the group stages of the competition after a tense win over Macedonia’s FC Shkendija. Erik Lamela gave Spurs an early lead before a stunner from Valmir Nafiu levelled things up early into the second half.
Goals from stalwarts Heung Min Son and Harry Kane late in the game helped Spurs finish the game at 3-1. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Mourinho exclaimed that the club had to rope UEFA in to resolve the goal-post issue ahead of kick-off. He said:
“Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeeper [Joe Hart] told me the goal was small. I went to see and it was small.
“The goalkeepers spend all their time in them so we know. “I felt immediately something was wrong and we got the UEFA delegate to come in and it was 5cm too small. We asked for the goals of the right dimensions.”
“I am not a goalkeeper but I know football since I was a kid and I know when I stand there and I spread my arms and I know the distance, so I felt immediately that something was going wrong. Mourinho added
FC Shkendija, in response, revealed that they were unaware of this issue since they were borrowing the Tose Proeski Arena for the tie.
Tottenham Hotspur needs a win over Maccabi Haifa in the play-off round to seal their place in the group stages of the competition.
Mourinho making a late swoop in the transfer market to strengthen squad
After securing the deals of Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, Tottenham are dipping their toes in the transfer market for a new centre-back after the departure of Jan Vertonghen in the summer.
The club are said to have inquired about Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar but have been off-put over the centre-back’s valuation of 60 million Euros set by the Serie A club.
Tottenham host Newcastle United in the Premier League following a 1-0 loss to the new-look Everton in the season opener. Post the Europa League play-off, they travel to face Jose Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.
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