- Tottenham suffers loss against Everton in FA Cup clash
- Tottenham Hotspur’s boss Jose Mourinho reflects on the “incredible mistakes” made by his side
- Hotspur’s boss calls the match a bit like “the mouse and the cat”
Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager, rues the several mistakes his side Tottenham Hotspur did as they were dumped out of FA Cup.
Jose Mourinho said that the performance from his side, Tottenham, reminded him of “the mouse and the cat” after Spurs fell short in a back-and-forth FA Cup clash with Everton.
Tottenham ended up on the wrong side of of the scorecard of the thrilling 5-4 fifth-round clash in FA Cup, with Everton needing a goal from Bernard in extra time to move past Mourinho’s side.
The match which kicked-off on Thursday was the highest-scoring game for Mourinho as Spur’s boss in addition to the highest-scoring FA Cup game between two top-flight teams since February 1961 when Sheffield Wednesday won 7-2 against Manchester United.
Mourinho, while speaking to BT Spot said, “I enjoyed it – and I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed the way we played with the ball”.
He said, “We created, we had great movement, we scored goals, created chances. Showed great character to fight against incredible mistakes. But attacking football only wins matches when you don’t make more mistakes than you create. We scored four goals and it was not enough.
“It hurts everyone. The feeling is we played really well with the ball, we were brave, we were the best team at 1-0 and in five minutes it was mistake, mistake, mistake, goal, goal, goal.
“We fought back again but had more mistakes. It was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our mistakes and the cat was us trying to compensate for that,” he added.
The exit of Tottenham from the FA Cup in the competition’s fifth round, also ended the club’s hopes who are trying to end their ongoing trophy drought.
Tottenham’s best chance of ending its trophy drought now is the Carabao Cup final, where Mourinho and company will face Manchester City on the 25th of April.
As of now, Spurs are placed 8th on the Premier League points table with 36 points, 4 points from the top 4 but still a game in hand. They have played the same number of games in PL as leaders Manchester City (22) but are 14 points behind them.
Additionally, Tottenham are also in the Europa League as the knockout stages near kickoff.
Mourinho, apart from the latest defeat, was also left “surprised” at the injury picked up by Bale.
Tottenham will next travel to the Etihad this weekend to take on the Premier League leader, Manchester City, who made short work of Swansea in their own FA Cup match.
Following that match, Tottenham will then take on Wolfsberger in Austria to kickstart their first tie of the Europa League knockouts which will take place on the 18th of February.