Mourinho happy to be a lucky winner

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton – Reaction

JOSE MOURINHO confessed that his Spurs side had ridden their luck before making dramatic Emirates FA Cup progress at the expense of Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tanguay Ndombele’s early effort took huge deflection off Jack Stephens to give Spurs the lead. However, goals from Shane Long and Danny Ings turned the tie on its head as the dominant Saints took control.

But having passed up several opportunities to put the tie to bed, Southampton were on the receiving end of the proverbial ‘big punch’ as Spurs hit back.

Firstly, Lucas Moura netted twelve minutes from time to level the tie. Then, with extra-time looming, Dele played in Heung-Min Son, who was felled by Saints goalkeeper, Angus Gunn, offering the South Korean the opportunity to ram home the resulting spot-kick and book a home tie with Norwich City in round five.

“The best team lost,” Mourinho confessed

“The best team on the pitch lost. If you look at it in a pragmatic way of forgetting that they had their best player, their best team, they had one more day to rest, we were really in trouble to build the team.

“Lots of fatigue from the City match. These important items but if you analyse just in a simple, pragmatic way the best team lost. They were better than us, stronger physically than us, faster than us, they pressed, they had intensity, they had chances. They were the best team.

Mourinho added: “But I cannot forget all the other circumstances – my players, they were phenomenal. The way they reacted was fantastic.

“They showed incredible heart and connection with the crowd and they gave absolutely everything. So I think the best team lost but we deserved to win.”

Spurs take on Norwich City during the week commencing March 2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – The Canaries reaching the fifth-round with a 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

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Brian Jeeves

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