Jose's verdict on Marine
Sun 10 January 2021, 20:22|Tottenham Hotspur
There were plenty of boxes ticked for Jose Mourinho on an FA Cup day to remember against Marine on Sunday.
Most important, of course, a 5-0 victory to take us into round four in our first tie against non-league opposition since 1995, a hat-trick for Carlos Vinicius, history made with Alfie Devine becoming our youngest-ever player and goalscorer at 16 years, 163 days and Jose picked out Dele and Gedson for their contributions.
Carlos enjoyed his first taste of the FA Cup with a 13-minute treble in the first half, the third goal the pick of the bunch, a clever lob home from the edge of the box. Lucas Moura weighed in with a free-kick as we went in 4-0 up at half-time before Alfie’s moment, a smart finish on the hour after coming off the bench for the start of the second half.
Jose said: “I’m very happy to be here, I’m always very proud to be in the FA Cup and situations like this, for people who are mad about football, I think it means a lot.
“As Tottenham coach, I’m very happy with the players’ attitude, not risking too much, a little cautious, especially the creative guys, but good attitude, win the match as soon as possible, the result done at half-time, and everything is fine.
“It’s good for Carlos, and the third goal really is an amazing goal. The other two are what I call striker’s goals, easy goals but you have to be there to make it easy.
“There were good performances, even individually. I like a lot the way Gedson and Dele created a lot for the team in the first half, with their quality, dynamic and movement, they were the ones who started opening the doors.
“We have to try to create the best conditions for (our young players) to come and to play not feeling the pressure, or huge responsibility. So, for Alfie, okay, 16 years old, but through a good process in the Academy, working with us many, many times, even in pre-season, and to come here with the result made at half-time, good conditions for him to feel comfortable and perform, and a little bit of history for him and the club.”