Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho discusses goals being too small before Europa League win
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho demanded UEFA officials change out the goalposts before their Europa League qualifying clash against Macedonian side Shkendija, after noting the crossbar was too low.
Mourinho was left enraged before kick-off as he noticed the goals were too small.
Tottenham players were on their way out for the warm-ups when the goalkeeping staff went to work in the match goals.
However, they quickly pointed out that the crossbar was too low, allowing Hugo Lloris to touch it without going onto the tips of his toes.
Mourinho then walked over and could also touch the crossbar, with UEFA officials confirming the crossbar was 5cm too low.
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Speaking after the game, he joked that he could tell as soon as he stepped foot between the posts that the goal was too small.
He told his press conference: “Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeepers told me that the goal was small.
“I went by myself and of course the goal was small.
“The goalkeepers, they spend hours and hours and hours in the goal so they know when the goal is not the right dimension.
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“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.
“We got the UEFA delegate to confirm and yes it was 5cm smaller (too low), which of course we demanded for the goals to be replaced for goals of the right dimension.”
Mourinho then took to Instagram to crack another joke about the situation.
He posted a picture of himself touching the crossbar with the caption: “I thought I had grown but then I realised the goal was 5 centimetres lower. Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham.”
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Spurs ran out 3-1 winners in Macedonia, with goals from Erik Lamela, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane sending Mourinho’s side into the next round.
Lamela got the scoring underway after just five minutes as he calmly slotted home from the six-yard line.
Spurs suffered a brief wobble just before the hour mark as the Macedonian minnows levelled the game through Valmir Nafiu, but Son put Tottenham back in the lead again just 15 minutes later.
Kane’s bullet header from close range earned Spurs the win with ten minutes remaining, sending Tottenham through to the next round.
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