Marine boss reveals how two of Spurs’ PL rivals helped them to prepare for FA Cup clash

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Marine FC boss, Neil Young has revealed that Liverpool and Everton both offered some of their resources to the non-league club to help them prepare for the FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Crosby-based club are the first side from the eighth tier of English football to make it to the third round of the FA Cup and the gulf between Spurs and Marine is the biggest ever seen at this stage of the competition (Evening Standard).

The Northern Premier League Division One side certainly face a tough test up against the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min this weekend.

Young admitted that he has analysed the Lilywhites closely ahead of Sunday’s encounter and that Liverpool offered him access to footage to help his side prepare for the game.

He is quoted by The Liverpool Echo as saying: “You have to do your due diligence, don’t you?

“We’ve watched a lot of games of Tottenham, and had some help off Liverpool to be fair in terms of help to access to the games.

“We don’t have those facilities and they have been very good to us to help us get access to those games.

“So we’ve looked at Tottenham in the Europa League, in the League Cup and in the Premier League and we have an idea of a way to play the game which might not happen.

“We have to be organised and I have to set the lads up in a way which I believe will give us the best chance to negate Tottenham.

“Leeds United haven’t been able to do it in the last week, Brentford couldn’t do it in the League Cup.

“All I can do is prepare us as best we can and I know when I put the lads out on that pitch they will give absolutely everything they’ve got. That is all you can ask for.”

Young also revealed that fellow Merseysiders Everton allowed his side access to their training facilities in preparation to take on Jose Mourinho’s men.

The Marine boss added: “When our training facilities were cancelled for tonight’s and Saturday’s sessions and all centres and schools closed, Everton and Liverpool offered their facilities for us to use within 30 minutes.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I expect Jose Mourinho to rest many of his key stars on Sunday, especially with the fixture list Spurs have over the next couple of weeks. Whatever side that Jose names, there should be more than good enough to get the job done.

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