Jose Mourinho praised Tottenham as “magnificent” after they drubbed Chelsea in shootout at the Carabao Cup. He also revealed more about a touchline exchange with Frank Lampard.
Tottenham won 5-4 on penalties in the Carabao Cup fourth round against Chelsea. It was Erik Lamela’s 83rd-minute equaliser that earned Spurs a 1-1 draw. It is the first time Mourinho has progressed via a penalty shootout in the competition.
Mourinho’s success at the Carabao Cup continues, having progressed from 26 of his 31 League Cup ties. But for first time he has progressed via a penalty shootout in the competition, losing his previous three.
“I have an incredibly negative record on penalty shootouts, but today I had a feeling that everything was going well. We were by far the best team and the boys deserved to win the match.”
After the win, an exalted Mourinho praised his side. “I told you before the game we would be ready to fight and we were ready to fight. I told the players before the penalties that I don’t care about the penalties, I care about what we did before.”
“We were the best team, we were magnificent. In the second half a super team like Chelsea looked very ordinary, and they are not. We played so, so well.”
He advised his players to only think about this game, but also said that he have to think about three games at the same time. “They only thought about this game and they were phenomenal, so all credit to the boys.”