Jose Mourinho has revealed a bizarre incident for Tottenham Hotspur while playing Shkendija in North Macedonia. The Spurs grabbed a deserved 3-1 win in the qualifying round of the Europa League. Before the game the goalkeepers spotted that the frames of the goals were too small. Mourinho and his staff went to examine the goals and then requested the referee to change the frames.
“Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeepers told me the goal was small. I went to see and it was small,” Mourinho told a news conference after the game. “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 five centimetres too small. We asked for goals of the right dimensions.”
Dele Alli was finally given game time for Spurs against Shkendija but the England midfielder has a dull game before being replaced for Harry Kane. “We didn’t play magnificently but we did the job,” said Mourinho. “We started very strongly and the thought was that we would kill the game but we didn’t. They gave us a difficult match and the fear we felt after the equaliser was fundamental to the team’s reaction. In the second half, after our changes, we [played better], and I like to see players come in and make an impact and the players who came on made a difference.”