Tottenham Hotspur stumbled into a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough as the faced off each other for the FA cup. Tottenham hotspurs seemed to dominate the match during the first half but were not able to secure a goal. The second half took off on a high note as Boro’s Ashley Fletcher’s strike saw Mourinho’s side stumbling. Seville’s high technique pass found Fletcher alone with Gazzaniga, a chance he could not let go but fired a low shot past Gazzaniga.
The spurs, however, managed to bounce back to the game 5 minutes later after Fletcher’s goal through Moura. Moura who tactically received Serge Aurier’s cross enough to dodge off Djed Spence and send a low key, right-foot shot past the keeper managed to award spurs the leveller the 61st minute.
Tottenham’s masterpiece, Harry Kane, was, however, watching from the mats due to his injury. Kane is nursing a hamstring injury he picked as Tottenham lost 1-0 to the saints on Thursday 2nd. This was a big blow to the Portuguese coach as he had no main striker. In his statement before the game, Mourinho said:
“We are playing without a striker, we played with six attacking strikers but no striker, but I will not be talking about Harry, Harry, Harry all the time.”
Boro’s goalkeeper’s brilliant work was enough to deny spurs a later winning goal. Tomas managed to see off Moura’s late strike after he fired a high velocity, curving shot. After the match, Mourinho was short in words due to his recent poor performance. All he had was to appreciate his colleague manager’s skill:
“I like Middlesbrough, and I wish Jonathan the best. His team are organised and competitive; our fans will show him respect in the replay – and, if Jonathan brings his second team, it will be even better,” Mourinho said.