A special incident occurred on Thursday in the run-up to Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League game with FK Shkëndija in North Macedonia. The goals turned out to be too low, after which they were replaced on the advice of José Mourinho.
“It was a funny situation. Our goalkeepers came to me to say that the goal was too small. Then I went to see for myself and it was right,” said Spurs manager Mourinho after the game.
“The keepers are in the goal for hours, so they notice immediately if the dimensions are not correct. I am not a goalkeeper, but also realized that something was wrong when I was in the goal and spread my arms.”
Mourinho brought in UEFA officials at the Todor Proeski Arena, who found the bar for both goals was 5 centimeters too low. “Of course we then insisted on having targets of the correct dimensions placed,” said the Portuguese.
With goals of the right format, Tottenham won the match in the third qualifying round of the Europa League 1-3. After Erik Lamela’s opening goal, Shkëndija came alongside, but Son Heung-min and substitute Harry Kane secured the victory.
“Harry’s goal was decisive, although we should have decided the match in the first half,” said Mourinho. “In the second half, the substitutes made the difference.”
‘I thought I had grown, but the goal turned out to be 5 centimeters too low’, José Mourinho writes with a photo. (Photo: Instagram / José Mourinho)
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