Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho made UEFA alter the goals for Europa League win


Tottenham continued their progression in the Europa League with a win over KF Shkëndija on Thursday night.

Jose Mourinho's men haven't experienced the smoothest ride through the qualifying rounds of Europe's secondary competition, dodging back-to-back scares against continental minnows.

Spurs were on course for a shock defeat away to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second qualifying round before two red cards opened the door for Harry Kane to equalise from the penalty spot.

Tottenham progress in Europe

Club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele then ensured that Tottenham progressed to this week's fixture, but there was a similar back and forth on the way to a Spurs victory this time around.

Erik Lamela fired the Premier League outfit into an early lead with a rare right-footed goal, but they were pegged back after the break with Valmir Nafiu denying Joe Hart a clean sheet on his debut.

Nevertheless, Spurs side-stepped the potential banana skin as goals from Heung-min Son and Kane in the final 20 minutes ensured they emerged victorious in Macedonia.


Fault with the goal posts

Pretty routine, right? Well, Tottenham's obscure European trip has started to make headlines for some rather bizarre reasons that Mourinho highlighted in his post-match interviews.

That's because Mourinho revealed that the Tottenham squad discovered that the goals posts at Shkëndija were actually about five centimetres too small... yeh, seriously.

According to Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, Mourinho highlighted the issue to the UEFA delegate and the goals were duly extended in height by the necessary few inches.

Mourinho said after the game: "I felt immediately something was going wrong. We got the Uefa delegate to confirm and it was 5cm smaller. We demand for the goals to be replaced."


Mourinho takes to Instagram

It would be easy to point the finger at Shkëndija here because, let's face it, the situation doesn't look good for them, but the Macedonians have denied involvement because it isn't their stadium.

Amusingly, Mourinho even followed up his comments by posting on his Instagram account, uploading images of himself and Hugo Lloris reaching for the stout cross-bar.

Mourinho penned: "I thought I had grown but then I realised the goal was 5 centimetres lower-Shkëndija 1."


You can't fault Mourinho for his powers of observation, that's for sure.

And it should come as absolutely no surprise that people are finding it amusing that Mourinho, of all coaches, would have noticed such a minor detail.

In defence of the 'Special One', though not only is it an incredibly important detail in a European fixture, but it's clear that the goalkeeping team were quick to notice the fault as well.


The image of Lloris literally touching the crossbar without having to go on his tip-toes should make us all relieved that the game didn't go ahead and unfurl into a bore draw for hilarious reasons.

But then again, surely Mourinho would find it easier to park bus if there was less goal to cover...

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