Jose Mourinho claims his players were not helped by ‘beach ball’ against Middlesbrough

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were only able to scrape an away draw against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Spurs went behind in the first half, before Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura combined to make it 1-1 in the second 45. However, Spurs were unable to turn late pressure into a second goal.

It was a stereotypically windy afternoon at the Riverside Stadium, which arguably made it more difficult for Mourinho’s new brand of long-ball football with Spurs.

The new head coach could be seen having a go at the football design after the full whistle, claiming that it was too light, almost being like a ‘beach ball’. No, we are not talking about that infamous Darren Bent goal against Liverpool.

The bizarre claim from Mourinho hit the headlines today, as Spurs wait to find out their potential fourth-round opponents in the FA Cup draw. But they will have to get past Middlesbrough in a replay with the beach ball again to do so.

Mourinho said (BT Sport coverage 05/01/20 at 16:00 – relayed by Mirror): “I think this ball is a beach ball. It’s too light. I don’t think it helps the players. But that’s not an excuse.”

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