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“As a manager, that will be Jose Mourinho’s first concern” Alan Smith previews Tottenham’s FA Cup game
By Bruce Grove -

Alan Smith says Jose Mourinho will be concerned about the attitude of his players in their FA Cup game against Marine.

Spurs face the lower-league side as they continue their bid to end this season with as many trophies as they can win.

The Lilywhites have reached the final of the Carabao Cup and they will be targeting a similar run in the FA Cup.

They faced and eliminated the likes of Chelsea, and Brentford in the Carabao Cup before reaching the final.

Those two teams are decent English sides and Spurs would have prepared very well for the games knowing that they could lose them.

But Marine isn’t that big a team, and Smith believes that Spurs’ players might consider the occasion too small to stress themselves, which might work against them.

He says that the players will have to ignore their surroundings and knuckle down to compete or let the situation affect them.

He says on Standard Sports: “I’ve been there a few times. You walk into a basic dressing room barely big enough for 11 players, never mind the small army accompanying a Premier League side.

“Over in the corner, four or five dripping showers don’t look too promising. It’s going to be a race for hot water afterwards.

“Then you have a look at a pitch that’s bare in patches and bobbly in others, nothing like the perfect surfaces you play on every week. At this point, top-flight footballers face an important choice. They can either knuckle down to ignore the less than luxurious surroundings or they let the situation affect them and don’t properly compete.

“As a manager, that will be Jose Mourinho’s first concern.

“If his Tottenham players think they’re too good to share a pitch with their Northern Premier League opponents, the afternoon will become more uncomfortable than it should.”

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