Dembele: It would’ve been a ‘scandal’ to lose to Wycombe

Date published: Monday 30th January 2017 1:40

Mousa Dembele reckons Tottenham need to avoid the kind of complacency they demonstrated against Wycombe if they are to win the FA Cup.

It took two late goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min to beat the League Two side 4-3 on Saturday after going two down before half-time.

Dembele had some praise for the Wycombe players and admitted it is never “easy to play these kinds of teams”.

“I think we didn’t start very concentrated,” said the Belgian midfielder. “They worked hard and we have to respect them for what they did to us. I’m happy we won because it would have been a scandal.

“We want to win this FA Cup, that’s the most important thing. We were warned in this game and hopefully in the next one we will start much better.

“It’s not easy. They come here and they’re very motivated – and for us as well it’s a bit different. But of course, for us, the FA Cup is very important.

“Sometimes we think ‘this game’s going to be ok, we’re going to win 5-0 or 3-0’ but it’s not like this.

“We all know this already. We’ve experienced it in the past, that it’s not easy to play these kinds of teams.”

Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Tuesday night in the Premier League and, despite the Black Cats being bottom, Dembele plans to show them ultimate “respect”.

“That’s the Premier League, it’s totally different I think,” he said. “Every team in the Premier League has a lot of quality in their team so we’re going to respect them from the beginning, of course.

“We’ve been playing well in the last few [league] games. The last one [at Manchester City] was a bit more difficult for us but we have a positive feeling and it’s not easy to play away from home of course, so we will be 100 per cent motivated.”

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