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Marine v Tottenham Hotspur – Emirates FA Cup Third Round – Rossett Park – Sunday 5pm – Preview
Jose Mourinho insisted it wasn’t an issue that Premier League rivals, Liverpool had supplied the Lilywhites Emirates FA Cup third round opponents, Marine, with video analysis of the North Londoners ahead of Sunday evenings tie.
Spurs head to Merseyside to face a side eight divisions below them, plying their trade in the Northern Premier League Division One North West and are fully expected to progress with a hatful of goals.
“I think it’s normal – they are neighbours,” Mourinho explained.
“I am pretty sure that there’s an emotional connection between them and if they gave them analysis from us or access to certain kinds of footage they would not have, I feel it’s absolutely normal.
The Lilywhites boss continued: “What we can expect, first of all, we need to see the pitch. It’s important for the safety of the players that the pitch is okay. I believe they are trying to do everything to have the best pitch possible and then it’s a club, a group of boys playing the game of their careers.
So what can we do apart from respecting them and win the match? Nothing. I always believe respect these teams is to beat them. To show respect to them is to beat them.
“To show respect to them is to play with a good team, with a team with responsibility, with a team with motivation and to beat them. With a team that goes there and wins the game. That is to show respect, that is the cup mentality of the big teams.
“If we go there and we lose of course it would be massive for them but it would be because of a lack of respect from us to them. We are preparing the game normally, we trained today looking at that game, we had tactical meetings looking at that game, and we are going there of course to win the game.
Mourinho was clearly disappointed for the non-leaguers. Their big occasion blighted by COVID restrictions, resulting in the match taking place in an empty ground: “It’s a pity for them,” he added.
“When we were going to Macedonia and Bulgaria to play matches without fans. It is not just economically but also emotionally sad.
“We could imagine the enthusiasm in Macedonia to have Tottenham there. Now we go to Marine, historical match. We feel sorry that the stadium is empty and they cannot celebrate the day in the way they’d love.
If people can help in different ways. I read a few things – Carragher supporting – virtual ticket – It’s nice, but I focus on the sports side of it but the way I respect them and the way to make it beautiful for them is to go there with a good team to win the match.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Marine 0-7 Tottenham Hotspur