Tiger Punch, September 25. In the third round of the Europa League qualifier, Tottenham beat the North Macedonian team Skendia 3-1 in the away game. Sun Xingmin passed 2 shots and 1 shot. After the game, Tottenham coach Mourinho accepted a media interview.
Winning is good, winning three games in a row is better, and winning three away games in a row is even better. We just did our own work. The team's performance was not wonderful, but it did what it was supposed to do to advance to the next round.
He is now very confident and very happy. Sun Xingmin is not a center, so it is still difficult for him to play a team at this level. After Kane came on the field, Sun Xingmin went to the left. This is his more accustomed position and created an opportunity to score a very important goal.
After the start of the second half, the score was one to one, and the team faced a great risk, so the second goal (Sun Xingmin scored) became extremely important. Kane's goal killed the game, in fact it should have been killed in the first half. We didn't score in the first 41 minutes, giving our opponents room to play. The second half of the game is more difficult. I am satisfied with the performance of the players after the substitution. I like to see the input of the substitute players in the game and the team, and I am always ready to influence the game. The substitute players played a role.
Thank you for your congratulations. They are a very good team. Obviously the intensity of the game is different between the two sides, so the question will always be whether we give them time to make a decision to play. We started very strongly and wanted to kill the game, but failed. Then choose to let them play, and the opponent also created trouble for us.
The fear we felt after they evened the score was the basis for the team's response to playing different intensities of football, and we could feel that it is difficult for our opponents to resist our offense.
To pick a great player, I would say that the coaching received by this team is very good, very organized and very balanced. (Skendia) The player who dyed red during the Romanian game, I think he is an important player in the opponent's line.
He is a missing player in Skendia's midfield, but this team is excellent. I talked to Pandev a few days ago. He said that we can win the game here, but it will not be easy, he is right. We won, but it is difficult to win.
The situation before the game was very interesting because our goalkeeper told me that the goal was small. I went and took a look, indeed, this door is too small. The goalkeeper is in front of the goal every day, so they are familiar with its size and can detect problems at a glance.
I don't play goalkeeper, but I have known football since I was a child. Standing in front of the door with open hands to feel the distance, I immediately felt that there was a problem with this door. A UEFA official came to confirm the situation, but the door was 5 cm shorter. Of course we requested that the goal be replaced with a normal size.
I always like to observe the warm-up of a team on the spot. Normally, I can watch them warm-up last week or a few weeks ago. But I can't, I just watched the video, but it feels different from watching it live. But in terms of lineup, we have made sufficient preparations for this game because we respect our opponents. The team made some changes, which is normal, because our schedule is very dense.
We have to play the game non-stop, so it is normal to let some players rest, but we show respect to our opponents. We have a very good bench for this game, and the team may need them at any time. Without Kane, we probably wouldn't be able to change the game, so these players on the bench are very important.