Ex-Spurs man explains why FA Cup replay may be a blessing in disguise for Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have added an extra game to their own busy schedule this month as they drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup at the weekend.

As per the competition rules, the match at the Riverside Stadium will not be replayed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14.

Spurs will find out who they could play in the fourth round of the competition this evening when the draw takes place, but will still have to defeat Middlesbrough to make it that far.

Tottenham face a home fixture against unbeaten Liverpool this coming weekend, before an away tie against Watford the week after in the Premier League.

However, the free week between the two games has now been occupied with that Middlesbrough replay, although ex-Spur Jermaine Jenas claims this could be a blessing in disguise.

While he acknowledges that the last thing Mourinho would have wanted is another game, he does argue that Spurs need games under their belts to start playing well.

He said (Football London): “Yeah I would say so. They have some huge games coming up, with Liverpool and Manchester City in the mix in the next five games.

“But at the same time, he needs games to get them to start playing well.

“There is a lot of work to be done, and that’s exactly why these games may not be a bad thing.”

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