Tottenham scores a foursome … but his five-year fall against Everton makes Mourinho angry
Manchester City, Leicester and Sheffield teams join United to the FA Cup quarter-finals
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Brazilian Bernard scores against Tottenham, scoring the decisive winning goal (EPA)
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The Portuguese coach, who has won many titles, has watched his team score easily this season, and at other times give a boring performance that may make the fans sleepy.
Tottenham won by five at Southampton and six against Manchester United in the league at the beginning of the current season, and then settled for a 3-3 draw with West Ham United despite a 3-0 lead. Since beating Manchester City with a stunning counter-attack performance last November, a result that took him to the top of the league for a short time, the fun has stopped. Mourinho’s traditional style surfaced again, and watching his team became unbearable. The 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea in the league last Thursday may have completed Mourinho’s worst period with Tottenham since taking charge 15 months ago and led to the anger of the fans on social media. Mourinho was forced to make substantial adjustments and strikers Eric Lamela and Lucas Moura returned to the starting line-up against West Bromwich Albion to put the team to an end to three successive league defeats by beating at home after a good performance. Despite Harry Kane sitting on the bench against Everton, Mourinho entered an attacking line-up. Davinson Sanchez scored twice, Lamela scored, and substitute Kane equalized 4-4 near the end of the match, so the two teams resorted to extra time, as Brazilian Bernard settled the victory of Everton.
For the neutral spectator, it was an enjoyable match and the highest record between two teams playing in the top flight since 1961, but Tottenham’s defense was in a miserable state as he conceded three times within seven minutes before the intermission, and surely that will return Mourinho to think about adopting his cautious method again when he is a guest on Manchester City brilliant in the league Saturday.
“When you score four goals, you have to come out with a winner,” Mourinho said. “We should have won easily, given our performance. The attacking ball gives you victory when you do not make more defensive mistakes than you create in chances.”
“We played with courage, created chances and were the best side as we went 1-0 up,” he added. But in five minutes it turned into mistakes and goals against us. We fought to return but made more mistakes. We are back again, a game of cat and mouse. “The mouse was a defensive error and the cat was trying to change that in our playing style.” Mourinho will be tested in the coming weeks, and no matter how generous the Portuguese coach is in the face of Everton, he prefers to come out with a clean sheet and the three points instead of having fun and losing like this.
On the other hand, Everton, led by Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, deserves to be applauded for his thrilling victory. And international Dominic Calvert Lewin imposed himself as a star for the match by his contribution to scoring three goals for Everton before he was injured in the 55th minute, where he equalized in the 36th minute, and made the second goal for Brazil’s Richardson (38), and got a penalty kick from which Icelandic international Gilfi Sigurdsson scored the third goal. In the 43rd minute.
Sigurdsson also starred in his contribution to three goals as well. In addition to scoring the third goal from a penalty kick, he made two goals from Richalison in the 68th minute and his fellow countryman Bernard (97). Tottenham was the first to score by Colombian international defender Davidson Sanchez after only 3 minutes of kick-off, and Argentine Eric Lamela reduced the difference in the minute (45 + 3), then Davidson equalized 2-2 in the 57th minute. Substitute Harry Kane drew 3-3 in The 83rd minute.
Manchester City qualified for the quarter-finals by defeating Swansea City from the first division (practically second) 3 – 1. City Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus scored, while Morgan Whitaker scored Swansea’s goal.
It is the fifteenth successive victory for Manchester City in various competitions, by confirming its good preparation for the upcoming summits against Tottenham on Saturday, then Everton next Wednesday and Arsenal on February 21 (February) in the 24, 25 and 26 stages of the league that seeks to regain its title, as it leads by five points against His neighbor, Manchester United, with a postponed match for the men of the Spanish coach, Josep Guardiola, before visiting the German Borussia Moenchengladbach in the first leg of the final round of the Champions League competition.
Manchester City, who reached the final match of the League Cup for the fourth year in a row, where they will meet Tottenham on April 25 in their quest for the fourth consecutive and eighth title to equal the record in Liverpool’s possession, hopes to regain the FA Cup title, which it lost last season by losing to Arsenal in half The final, and thus the achievement of a historic quadruple (the league and the two domestic cups and the Champions League).
It is also Guardiola’s 200th victory in 268 games for City. The Spanish coach commented: “It is amazing for us, we cannot deny how happy and proud we are at breaking this record. The records are there to be shattered, but we have to do a good job (to smash them), it is not easy in the modern era to achieve 15 victories in a row.
Guardiola rested many essential elements; Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, Portuguese defense poles Robin Diaz, John Stones, the other Portuguese Joao Cancelo, Algerian international Riyad Mahrez and midfielder Phil Foden, before pushing the last two in the second half, the first place for Sterling in the 56th minute and the second place for Bernardo Silva (66).
Leicester waited until the last minute to score at home to Brighton with a goal by Nigerian Kelichi Iyanacho to catch up with the quarter-finalists.
Sheffield United also qualified by beating Bristol City in the second division with a single goal scored by Billy Sharp in the 66th minute, when defender Alfie Mawson hit the ball while it was on its way to the empty goal and was expelled after resorting to “VAR” technique.
Manchester United and Bournemouth, second-tier, were the first to qualify for the quarter-finals, with the first victory over West Ham United 1 – zero after extra time, and the second at Burnley 2 – zero Tuesday in the opening of the eight-final matches.
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