Jose Mourinho has hit back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Manchester United boss cheekily mocked the Spurs manager’s goalpost drama in Macedonia.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, former Red Devils boss responded to his successor: “I don’t think he will concern himself with the size of the goal but the size of the penalty box… he will not play with an 18 yard box, only 22 yards.”
Mourinho was replying to Solskjaer’s comment on Saturday, when the Norwegian, referencing how many times Brighton hit the post against his side, said: “First of all you have to be happy Jose isn’t here to measure the goalposts – it might have been a smaller goal!
“They created too much for my liking but they’re a difficult team to play against.
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“We tried to press, they’ve got really good ball-players at the back who play really well so we didn’t really get there.
“You can see we don’t really have the legs and sharpness still, but we’ll get there.”
Solskjaer was referring to Mourinho inspecting the goalposts at Shkendija’s ground in the North Macedonian capital Skopje ahead of Spurs’ Europa League clash on Thursday.
The Portuguese deemed the goals to be too small, and upon closer inspection by a UEFA delegate, they were indeed found to be 5cm too short.
Both goals were taken down and adjusted to make them higher before the match – which Tottenham went on to win 3-1 – got underway.
“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.”
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