Mourinho content with Tottenham’s toil

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb – Reaction

Two goals from Harry Kane gave Tottenham Hotspur and advantage, but not a passage into the last eight of the UEFA Europa League.

The England skipper proved to be the difference in a tough first-leg tie for the Lilywhites. Croatian league leaders, Dinamo Zagreb proved to be spikey opponents and undoubtedly will take a little more shaking before they can finally be dispatched.
“Was not a bad performance at all,” boss Jose Mourinho explained.

I think it was positive. Maybe we could play with a little bit more intensity, because we had, let’s, say a fresh team, apart from three or four guys, lots of the players were totally fresh, but it’s not also easy to play against a physical team and a team that defends well like they did.

“They defended well. When the result was 1-0 in the second half they tried to keep that result so they still stayed in a low block and defended well.

“It’s not easy. The result could be a little bit bigger. A third goal would have come and fit very well in the reality of the game, but it is what it is.
“It’s still open. We have to go there and play a serious match because 2-0 we are not yet in the quarter-finals.

Kane left the field during the final stages after a heavy challenge and was seen sporting a sizable icepack on the bench. Nevertheless, Mourinho played down talk of his leading marksman missing Sunday’s North London derby: “I hope so and I believe so.

“You know, it’s a big match. I think only a big problem would stop him from being there, which I don’t think it is. But let’s see the reaction tomorrow but hopefully, he’ll be fine.”


Brian Jeeves

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