Jose Mourinho blames FA Cup match ball for third-round draw against Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho blames FA Cup match ball for third-round draw against Middlesbrough

- Jose Mourinho has blamed match ball for FA Cup draw against Middlesbrough

- The Tottenham manager explained that the ball was too light for his players

- Tottenham will face Boro again in a replay for a place in the FA Cup 4th round

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has blamed the match day ball as the rationale for his side's 1-1 draw in the English FA Cup third-round tie played on Sunday, January 5.

Spurs even had to come from behind to get a draw in this encounter thanks to Lucas Moura who scored the equalizer after Ashley Fletcher's opener.

These two teams will now have to meet again in a replay which will decide the side that will qualify for the next round.

And after the final whistle was blown, Jose Mourinho stated clearly that the ball used in the game was too light and made his players unsettled.

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"I think this ball is a beach ball. It's too light. I don't think it helps the players. But that's not an excuse," he told BT Sport.

Also, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane's injury is a serious one after the England international suffered a tear against Southampton on New Year Day.

"I think it is better for the medical department to speak about it or make an official report.

"The only thing that I can add is that the feelings I had that it was not a small injury were correct.

"It is not a small injury, but I cannot speak about recovery times,'' Jose Mourinho explained.

Earlier, had reported how Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay opened up on his relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho after one year the tactician left the club.

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United, however, hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a replacement for the former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach.

McTominay, according to the report reveals he is still in contact with the 56-year-old who spent two and a half years at the Theater of Dreams.

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