Tottenham players had been warming up for a qualifying match in Skopje,” North Macedonia, on Thursday if they discovered something odd about the aims – they had been too brief.
Manager Jose Mourinho stated that the team complained after discovering that the crossbars in the arena were too low, also posted an image of himself at the aim.
“I thought I’d grown but I realized the target was 5cm reduced,” he wrote on Instagram.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was readily catching the woodwork during warmups, he explained, hence the goals were altered before the beginning of the match.
“Ahead of the match proved to be a funny situation since my goalkeepers said that the target was little,” Mourinho told AP. “I went by myself and of course the aim was little. The goalkeepers they spend hours and hours and hours at the target so that they know when the aim isn’t the ideal dimension.
“I’m not a goalkeeper but I understand soccer because I was a child and I understand when I stand there and I spread my arms and that I understand the space, therefore I felt instantly that something was going wrong”
The match was flat 1-1 until Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored in the last 20 minutes for Tottenham. Tottenham won the match 3-1 to advance to the playoff round.