Mourinho expecting a tough test for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Emirates FA Cup fifth-round – Wednesday 7:45pm

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – Preview:

Jose Mourinho faced the media ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie with Norwich City, explaining that he fully expected another tough examination of his out of sorts side.

The two sides have met twice in the Premier League since Christmas Spurs edging a tight encounter in N17 by the odd goal in three after an entertaining 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in their final game of the last decade.

Looking back on those meetings, the Spurs chief explained: “Very hard – It was very hard. I think in the first game at Norwich we were very unlucky to not win that match.

“I think in the match at home we were very lucky to win. They played so, so well – it was very difficult for us.

“I expect another difficult game. I feel amazing, beautiful that on a Wednesday 9,000 supporters are coming from Norwich, amazing, beautiful – that’s the FA Cup. 9,000 supporters midweek!

“If we went away midweek to Norwich I’m pretty sure we would take every ticket possible with our fans too. That’s the beauty of the FA Cup, so I think a very good game.”

Mourinho certainly believed Norwich were a better side than their bottom of the table position suggested, adding: “I repeat what I said after the game we played here. That’s not a team to be where they are. They are fighting to stay in the division – I like their team and I think it’s going to be a very difficult match for us.”

Mourinho is again without French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, due to a troublesome groin injury. The Spurs chief confirmed that promising frontman, Troy Parrott, will be on the bench.

Look out for Jose Mourinho’s pre-Norwich City press conference – in full – courtesy of The Press Bureau – shortly

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – Head to head:

Tottenham Hotspur won: 32
Drawn: 18
Norwich City won: 23

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – Last five meetings (all competitions):

February 23, 2014 – Premier League
Norwich City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

December 26, 2015 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City

February 2, 2016 – Premier League
Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

December 28, 2019 – Premier League
Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

January 22, 2020 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Norwich City

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Brian Jeeves

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