Tottenham Hotspur clinched a 3-1 victory over Stoke City to reserve their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane were enough to seal an impressive victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, who went on to receive the most favorable draw possible while avoiding both Manchester City and Manchester United to clinch the victory. a semi-final with the Brentford Championship outfit. .
Here’s what the boss had to say after the game, where he had some particularly interesting comments on Dele Alli’s performance.
“For a while he was 1-1 and at 1-1 the game is open,” Mourinho said (via football.london). “I think that in the first half we were very solid, very dominant, not enough intense aggression to score more goals but enough to dominate the match, Hugo [Lloris] didn’t touch the ball, they didn’t get a shot, got a corner kick and the first half was totally us but the result was short.
“I know they had on the bench [Sam] Vokes and they had [Steven] Fletcher on the pitch, I knew if the result went in that direction they would have a try and we had to kill the game. Instead of killing the game, we committed suicide by losing a counterattack ball and allowed them to score 1-1.
“After that it was a time when we needed stability and attitude and we got it and the second goal came and the third one too. I heard his [Heung-min] scored a goal that with VAR would be legal, but we deserved it, we totally deserved it. “
Midfielder Dele Alli, who is already under real pressure at Spurs, was guilty of losing the ball in preparation for Stoke’s equalizer as his nonchalant little flick didn’t pay off and left his side in embarrassment.
“Yes [I was angry with Alli], for me, a player who plays in this position is a player who has to bond and create and not create problems for his own team. In this situation, an objective counterattack would likely end with a goal, and it would end with a counterattack behind our defenders.
“We were out of balance because when you’re in possession you have full-backs on the sidelines and another midfielder in a different line and they took us in a counterattack and they turned the result of the game which was totally in our hands, so yes I’m upset. ”
After opening the scoring and impressing in the opening 45 minutes, Bale was pulled out at halftime – a move that initially raised a few eyebrows.
“Yeah, that was his decision [to come off]. Something he felt in the latter part of the first half and he didn’t want to come out until the second half so he stayed. As he made his way to the locker room he immediately told me he couldn’t come for the second half.
“I do not know [what the injury is]. Something I think of with veal. I’m not sure because at this point I just want to reorganize the team and make the change. “
“To win this trophy, we have to win two matches. But these are two very difficult matches. To win more trophies you have to win a lot more matches. The FA Cup has not started for us. 32. We are really far from there, in the Premier League I have already told you what we are.
“But these are two very difficult matches. If you win the first, you must win the second. The teams that are going to be there are very difficult teams. Man City are very difficult. Brentford for me as they play. not Championship, they are in the Premier League. And Everton or Manchester United are one of the better teams. But we are in the semi-finals and we will be there to fight. “
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