Spurs had to complain to UEFA that Shkendija goals were 5cm too small – Says Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has now rather bizarrely revealed that Tottenham had to consult a UEFA delegate ahead of their game against Shkendija in the Europa League after discovering that the goals were too small.

The Spurs head coach recalled that his goalkeepers spotted the strange sizing in the warm-up ahead of the 19:00 kick-off in Macedonia.

After consulting with the UEFA representative, it turned out that the goals were 5cm too small and new ones were requested.

Perhaps if they had been a little smaller, the piledriver from Shkendija in the second half to make it 1-1 would have crashed against the crossbar.

In the end, Spurs booked their place in the final round of qualifying by beating their hosts 3-1 thanks to goals from Erik Lamela, Heung-min Son, and Harry Kane.

Tottenham will now face Maccabi Haifa in the fourth round qualifier at home in early October as they look to secure a route into the group stages.

On the goals, Mourinho said (Football London): “Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeeper told me the goal was small. I went to see and it was small. The goalkeepers spend all their time in them so we know. I felt immediately something was wrong and we got the UEFA delegate to come in and it was 5cm too small. We asked for goals of the right dimensions.”

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