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José Mourinho acknowledged that Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over Wolfsberger was not “incredible”, but insisted it will bring positivity to his team.
Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius scored in a routine victory in Budapest on Thursday, as Spurs took a big step to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Michael Liendl’s penalty in the 55th minute made things a bit tricky for Mourinho, but his team felt comfortable with only claiming a second win in their last seven games in all competitions.
With a London derby against West Ham following for Spurs, Mourinho, who has been eliminated from just one of his 17 previous European qualifiers when he won the first leg, and came out in the 2006-07 Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. He admitted that the performance was not perfect, but believes that the victory provides a much-needed boost.
“We had to come and play with ambition, which we did. The score should have been more than 3-0 at halftime, ”Mourinho told reporters.
“In the second part we made that mistake that gave them life. There were some similarities with [the FA Cup tie with] Everton.
“If you are in control and make a mistake, you give life to the opponent and the game can change, it didn’t change here, but the 3-2 was not far from happening.
“We had good control of the game. Many possibilities. I think the last goal put almost a point in this tie. 4-1 away is a very good result.
“I don’t consider this to be an incredible victory, just a good victory that brings a good feeling. When flying back, the plane will be a different plane than after a loss. Tomorrow morning in training, the same ”.
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Bale put on an impressive display in the first half, setting up Son’s first goal before firing in the Spurs’ second.
The Wales forward’s five goals this season have been in different stadiums: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Linzer Stadium, bet365 Stadium, Adams Park and Puskas Arena, while it was the first time the 31-year-old has scored and assisted in a match. for the Spurs since April 2013.
Son, meanwhile, advanced to 18 goals for the season in total with his first match, matching his tally from last season in all competitions, and the South Korean star, who has enjoyed a supreme relationship with Harry Kane, is season, revealed when playing alongside a fit Bale.
“I have a very close relationship with him,” Son said.
“I’m very happy that he has playing time, scored a goal and received an assist. I really enjoy playing with him. “