Jose Mourinho Likens his Players to Manchester United Players
English Premeir League side Tottenham Hotspur had their hope of advancing to the next stage of the Europa League stunted as they drew 3-3 in yesterday’s Europa League clash. A late minute goal from Mamoudou Karamoko ensured his side shared points with Jose Mourinho and his boys.
The 21-year-old made no mistake to launch a superb strike to earn his side a point against the North Londoners at the Linzer Stadium. And they are third on Group J table with seven points after five matches. They are three points behind Jose Mourinho’s men as they head into the last group game next week.
Peter Michorl of LASK broke the deadlock for coach Dominik Thalhammer’s men three minutes before the end of first-half whistle. His shot from about 30 yards beats Joe Hart and went straight into the net with about five Spurs defenders unable to rescue the situation. Gareth Bale restored parity for the visitors in the added minutes of the first half to ensure Jose Mourinho smiled to the half time break.
Heung-Min Son handed the North London side the lead with a superb solo run having received a sumptuous pass from Tanguy Ndombele in the 56th minute. The 23-year-old found Son who was already in the position to take off in-between two LASK players and outran his opposition before placing the ball into the bottom left corner of the post.
Johannes Eggestein restored parity six minutes later for the home team through a powerful shot just at the tip of the 18-yard box. Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart tried to get hold of the ball but could not as they were back on level terms. Embattled Dele Alli put Tottenham ahead for the second straight time as the game edged towards the final whistle but a lovely goal from Karamoko with the help of Reinhold Ranftl ensured both teams shared the spoils in the end.
Jose Mourinho was asked about his team’s performance and he said: “I think it’s a question of attitude, which I have experienced before even at Manchester United.” “I had a similar situation we lost two matches away in the group phase.” “When we get into the knockouts and you get better opponents and more difficulties, the team faces matches in a different way.”
Asked what he had learned, Jose Mourinho said: “Nothing new, really. The fact that the Europa League group phase doesn’t motivate some of the players, I knew it.”