Jose Mourinho was pleased to see his side seal a Europa League group stage place after Tottenham’s 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday evening.
Despite playing their seventh game in 19 days and just 48 hours since their penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, Mourinho’s side came out fast and got off to the perfect start.
England captain Kane quickly putting the hosts ahead after a delightful cross from full-back Ben Davies, although the away side soon had an equaliser, Tjaronn Chery curling a ferocious effort into the top corner that ‘keeper Joe Hart was helpless to prevent. Just four minutes later Spurs’ lead was restored, Lucas Moura heading in from corner, before Giovani Lo Celso fired into the roof of the net to apply some breathing space, the Argentine going on to add his second soon after.
The away side were then gifted a route back into the match, Nikita Rukavystsya converting from the spot after Matt Doherty had been harshly penalised for handball. Once again, Mourinho’s men responded quickly, Kane netting a penalty of his own to take the game to 5-2, before the Englishman sealed his hat-trick, and the win, with fifteen minutes remaining with a delightful dink over the goalkeeper.
Spurs added some late gloss with Dele Alli winning – and converting – a stoppage time penalty, the win seeing Spurs secure their Europa League group stage place, a result that was ‘good for the team’ according to Mourinho.
“Job done. Group phase. Almost at the end of an incredible period. Good for the team, good the boys,” Mourinho said at his post-match press conference.
Absolute filth from Dele Alli tonight. pic.twitter.com/PpyLofFXaD
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The former Manchester United boss was particularly pleased for hat-trick hero Kane and midfielder Alli, the latter having faced rumours of a potential exit from the club in recent weeks.
”A hat-trick. I know he has so many already. Good for Dele to create a proper penalty and score.”
Despite the presence of Kane, Mourinho has been public about his desire for a new striking addition and it looks as if he’s got his man, Carlos Vinicius from Benfica appearing to be making the move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – although the Spurs boss refused to confirm a deal just yet.
“I wish you ask me when something is confirmed and I have not been told that so far. I want to be respectful to the player and Benfica and maybe you can ask me this again later.”
Spurs continue their gruelling week with a mouthwatering meeting with Mourinho’s former club Manchester United on Sunday.