Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will be buying a virtual ticket sold by Marine for their FA Cup third-round clash against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.
The eighth-tier club have been hit financially with the national lockdown having robbed them of the chance to allow some spectators inside Rossett Park for Tottenham’s visit and earn a significant amount through gate receipts.
One of the ways which Marine are trying to offset the loss of income is by selling virtual tickets, which enters those who purchaser into a raffle, with the winner being awarded a chance to manage the non-league side in a pre-season fixture.
The tickets have already been purchased by plenty of Spurs fans and Mourinho revealed that he will also be buying one but admitted that his schedule might not allow him to manage Marine should he win the raffle.
The Spurs boss told Football.London: “I am buying (the ticket). I am buying but even if I win I cannot do it normally because we have our pre-season and I don’t think I will have conditions to do that, but the meaning of it makes me say yes to buying it.”
The pitch at Rosett Park will likely be quite different in comparison to the pristine surfaces that the Tottenham stars are used to but Mourinho insisted that top players should be able to adapt to any surface.
When asked about the pitch, the Portuguese coach added: “I would say the opposite of what people normally say. People normally say top players need great pitches to play.
“I would say top players, technically high level, they can play on any pitch. We have to play on any pitch and be ready for it.”
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I am sure Mourinho will be preparing the players for the kind of facilities that they are likely to encounter at Marine. The state of the pitch should not come as a shock to the Spurs stars, given that we are up against an eight-tier side. Whatever the conditions, we should have more than enough quality on the pitch to get the job done.
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