Jose Mourinho laments after 9 goals FA Cup thriller between Tottenham and Everton

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Jose Mourinho was left “hurt” and filed with reasons to lament after he watched Tottenham Hotspur concede 5 goals against Everton in a FA Cup 5th round match on Wednesday, February 10.

The match which took place at Everton’s Goodison Park was the first time in over 5 years that a side coached by the Portuguese tactician conceded up to 5 goals in a match. He last experienced that when he coached Chelsea against Tottenham in January 2015. The match ended 5-3 in favor of Tottenham.

In Wednesday’s FA Cup game which ended 5-4 in favor of Everton, Jose Mourinho and his team looked like a team that came to Goodison park to win the tie. Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the game and the lead lasted for 36 minutes before the host equalized. Everton’s equalizer came through the boot of the club’s talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Two minutes later, Tottenham’s defense could not handle the pressure from Everton and had to give in to Everton’s attack which made it easier for Richarlison to score Everton’s second goal in the 38th minute.

As Spurs decided to open up in their attempt to get the equalizer, Everton made it three in the 43rd minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the spot-kick. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Spurs’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Calvert-Lewin in the penalty box.

Before the first half ended, Tottenham reduced the scoreline, thanks to Spurs’ Erik Lamela’s strike in the additional 3rd minute of the first half.

Tottenham returned in the second half looking more determined to get back into the game. Their effort paid off in the 57th minute, thanks to Sanchez’s second strike in the match.

The joy of Jose Mourinho did not last for too long as Everton’s Richarlison also scored his second goal of the match in the 68th minute. At this point, Tottenham depended on the introduction of Harry Kane to turn things around which he did in the 83rd minute.

The regular time ended 4-4 and the action continued in extra-time. Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho and his boys, Everton’s Bernard scored the winning goal in the 97th minute.

Bernard’s extra-time goal which made it 5-4 was all Everton needed to scale through to the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup for the first time in 5 years.

After the thrilling FA Cup encounter, Jose Mourinho told BT Sport that the defensive mistakes of his team cost Tottenham the match. He noted that he enjoyed how Tottenham played but the club’s defensive errors hurt him.

Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti exchange pleasantries after Everton's 5-4 victory over Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti exchange pleasantries after Everton’s 5-4 victory over Tottenham.

“I enjoyed it, and I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed the way we played when we had the ball, from the first minute, immediately”, Mourinho said. “We scored four goals and four goals was not enough.

“If it hurts me [the lack of defending], it hurts everyone from our team because the feeling is that we played really well when we had the ball we were brave, we created. We were the best team winning 1-0, and certainly, in five minutes, there was, boom, boom, boom, mistake, mistake, mistake, goal, goal, goal.

“We fight back, we fight back again and there were more mistakes as we fight back again and that was, that was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our defensive mistakes, and the cat was us trying to compensate that very well and it’s a lot of effort.”