Jose Mourinho reacts to Tottenham almost getting knocked out of Europa League

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were just ten minutes away from getting knocked out of the Europa League in the second qualifying round by the sixth-placed team in Bulgaria this evening.

Spurs faced off against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in their first game of this season’s Europa League away in Bulgaria, going 1-0 down to the home side in the second half.

Plovdiv managed to score from a corner with just 15 minutes left on the clock, giving Tottenham little time to find a reply.

All Europa League qualifiers this season are to be played over one single leg, meaning that extra-time and penalties were on the cards for the Lilywhites and Plovdiv.

With 10 minutes left to go in the match, Spurs earned a penalty and Plovdiv were sent down to ten men, before Mourinho revealed a second man was sent off for kicking up the penalty spot.

Kane dispatched the spot-kick nonetheless and Tanguy Ndombele tapped home a winner just minutes later to spare Tottenham blushes.

Mourinho had this to say on the nervy match in Bulgaria (Football London): “We were even more dominant in the second half but Davinson Sanchez made one mistake and gave them a corner and they scored. In that moment we had to change things. Then we were playing only with Dier at the back and Ben Davies out wide.

“They made it difficult, especially with their attitude. They gave absolutely everything.”

“When we scored the goal I was not even panicking about killing the game in 90 minute because if you got to extra time it will be 30 minutes, of course impossible for them to hold us, but we started pushing and after the second goal game over.

“Of course when they scored it was a moment to dream and a moment for us to fear for our future in the competition.”


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