West Ham “fought very hard to be lucky”, Jose Mourinho laments after a Miraculous 3-3 draw

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The manager of Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho described West Ham United’s miraculous equalizer on Sunday as luck that the club fought very hard for.

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Tottenham Hotspur hosted West Ham United in a London derby. Within the first 16 minutes of the match, Tottenham‘s players have already scored three goals and the club was looking like a house on fire.

Tottenham‘s striker, Son Heung-min opened the scoring in the 1st minute of the match. Within 8 minutes, Harry Kane made it two, and then, the England international scored his second goal to make it three in the 16th minute.

The match remained under Tottenham’s control throughout the first half. The north London club continued their dominance in the second half but couldn’t do much in front of goal. However, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale had a very good chance to make it four for his club but the chance came begging.

At the other end, West Ham was making all efforts to cause as much damage as they could. Their efforts started paying off in the 82nd minute when West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena scored for Coach David Moyes’ side. Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez helped West Ham to push for a come back by scoring an own goal.

West Ham United players celebrate their miraculous draw against Tottenham.
West Ham United players celebrate their miraculous draw against Tottenham.

Before the end of the last 10 minutes, West Ham United equalized, thanks to Manuel Lanzini who scored the third goal for West Ham in the 4th additional minute to make it 3-3.

“Football. Of course, I have to analyze the second half and have to do it internally, but for you, I prefer to say football happened, and praise West Ham’s belief,” Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“It is not easy to be losing 3-0 and be dominated, to keep the belief. I knew they are a different team to last season, but to lose the advantage of three goals is a big punishment and eventually deserved.

“I found already by analyzing from the touchline, some things are completely out of the context, once more an indirect free-kick, the own goal, the third is a free-kick and second ball, a rebound.

“The game was under control, we had Harry Kane to score the fourth when he hit the post, Gareth Bale to kill the game. The game was more to the fourth goal, but that’s football.

Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho
Tottenham’s manager Jose Mourinho

“I don’t know if it was us inviting them or with them with the extra motivation of getting in the game. I can’t identify us or them, maybe both.

“I told them to be aware of set-pieces against, which we knew they were very strong. David has found in [Tomas] Soucek his new [Marouane] Fellaini. In the end, they were lucky, but they fought very hard to be lucky so I praise them.”

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Mourinho’s next Premier League match is against Burnley on October 26. While David Moyes’ next Premier League match is against Manchester City on October 24. Tottenham are currently occupying the 6th spot on the league table with 8 points in 5 matches. While West Ham are occupying the 8th spot with 7 points in 5 matches.

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