Mourinho explains bizarre goalpost incident before Europa League match against Shkendija
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Mourinho explains bizarre goalpost incident before Europa League match against Shkendija

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he lodged a complaint about the size of goalposts before their Europa League clash against Macedonian side Shkendija. 

The English side won 3-1 to make it to the last round of the qualifiers, thanks to late goals from Heung-min Son and Harry Kane

Erik Lamela had opened the scores for Spurs after just five minutes, but they were pegged back by a delightful long-range equalizer from Valmir Nafiu early in the second half.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho revealed the posts had to be changed before kick-off, as they were too small.

"Before the game was a funny situation because my goalkeepers told me that the goal was small," explained Mourinho.

"I went by myself and of course the goal was small. The goalkeepers, they spend hours and hours and hours in the goal so they know when the goal is not the right dimension.

"I am not a goalkeeper but I know football since I was a kid and I know when I stand there and I spread my arms and I know the distance, so I felt immediately that something was going wrong.

"We got the Uefa delegate to confirm and yes it was 5cm smaller, which of course we demanded for the goals to be replaced for goals of the right dimension."

Despite the troubles, Spurs qualified for the next round where they will play Maccabi Haifa, with the prize for the winners being a group stage place.

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