‘We are alive’ – Mourinho reacts to Spurs draw at Southampton

Date published: Saturday 25th January 2020 5:40

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Jose Mourinho was pleased to still be in the FA Cup despite Tottenham conceding a late goal in a 1-1 draw to Southampton in the fourth round.

Spurs were heading to the fifth round after Son Heung-min put them ahead just before the hour mark, but substitute Sofiane Boufal came off the bench to fire home in the 87th minute.

It means the tie will be settled by another game, to take place when both sides were due to be on their winter break from the Premier League.

“They are a good team, they play at home and they react,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“They put some pressure on us in the last minutes. The ball didn’t go out for about five minutes. They scored. But we are alive.

“Our fantastic fans that came here today, plus the other 50,000 that will go to the match at home, will be happy we have one more match.

“We are going on that difficult way! We are working. We don’t need one more match but we have it so we are going to fix it. This is the way it is. It’s better to draw than to be out. We have a match at home which is difficult of course, but better than losing.

“We had to wait for chances to score. Good transitions, good passing, good positions then we had Son Heung-min who missed by a few inches and the keeper made a good save.

“They have a style of play which is very direct and very aggressive. We improved bit by bit in the last few matches, we didn’t concede [in recent games]. We conceded in the minute of 80-something today but we are not scoring enough goals for the chances we create.

“They did exactly the same. They chose their best team and played at the maximum strength which is the way to respect the competition.

“We don’t need one more match but we have to play. Both of us prefer to have the next match then not have it. The desire to do it [win the cup] is the same for everyone. I believe that in the next round it will be a massive number of Premier League teams.”

 

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