Mourinho hails Spurs stars for fending off Stoke's fightback

Jose Mourinho hails Tottenham stars for fending off Stoke’s second half fightback as Spurs boss faces nervous wait over Gareth Bale’s fitness following Carabao Cup quarter-final victory

  • Jose Mourinho has praised Tottenham’s resilience after defeating Stoke City 
  • The Championship side mounted a comeback after levelling the scores at 1-1 
  • However, goals from Ben Davies and Harry Kane booked their place in the semis 
  • Mourinho hailed his stars while providing a fitness update for Gareth Bale 

Jose Mourinho has praised his Tottenham Hotspur side’s resilience after the Premier League side fended off Stoke’s second half fightback to reach the Carabao Cup semi finals. 

The north London side entered Wednesday night’s tie at the Bet365 stadium following a nightmare week in which losses to Leicester and Liverpool and a draw with Crystal Palace saw them drop off in the title race.

However, Spurs responded well in tough conditions, with goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane booking Mourinho side’s place in the final four of the competition.

Jose Mourinho has praised his side’s resilience following their 3-1 win over Stoke City

Goals from Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Harry Kane booked Spurs’ place in the semi finals

Tottenham had to weather a brief second half storm in which the Championship side roused a fightback. Jordan Thompson levelled the game to give Michael O’Neill’s side a glimmer of hope of a surprise victory.

And Mourinho praised his side’s ability to stand firm and come through the contest unscathed as Spurs moved one step closer to their first piece of silverware since 2008.  

He said on Sky Sports: ‘In the first half we made it in a very positive way. I don’t remember them having a single shot, not even a corner, because we were so dominant but we were not intense enough to score one more and kill the game.

However, Stoke threatened a second half comeback thanks to a strike from Jordan Thompson

But Spurs stood firm and bagged the important goals to send them to the final four 

‘In the second half we came with that intention and were in a great situation to start a counter-attack but we transformed that with a counter-attack against us and a possible 2-0 became 1-1.

‘Then the game was open. Of course we didn’t want to go to penalties, and probably they wanted to, so we had to react, and I believe the boys reacted in the best way.’ 

Mourinho was forced to withdraw goalscorer Bale at half time, with Son Heung-min replacing the Welshman. The Spurs boss said his loan star has picked up an injury.  

‘(He’s) injured. I cannot say what. At half-time the only thing that matters is to reorganise the team and when I was told he couldn’t come for the second half, it is time for the medical department. Now I will try to know (what is wrong) but it was his decision of leaving.’ 

Mourinho also confirmed that Gareth Bale picked up an injury in the first half on Wednesday

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