Jose Mourinho has made a freaky gripe about the ball that was used during Tottenham's 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw against Middlesbrough on Sunday, claiming his players could not impose themselves as it was "too light".
Middlesbrough were good value for their draw, having taken the lead through Ashley Fletcher only to see Lucas Moura equalise for Spurs. In fact, he tried to play offside for Fletcher's goal, and it proved costly.
Mourinho said that his players played to the best of their capabilities, adding that it was not possible to make Moura or Son play like Harry Kane. "The referee was not some guy in an office 200 miles away [today]". The boys did what they could, you can't transform Lucas or Son into a number nine like Harry Kane.
"They are the fundamentals of the game and that was the biggest thing I was proud of, the team fighting for the shirt". We missed easy last balls.
Mourinho has left several players in the dark over why their first team involvement has been limited and Winks is one of those players to be left without answers by the Portuguese. "We've got what we've got and we follow them". You can not transform Lucas or Son into a number nine like Harry Kane, so we have to try other things and that is what we are going to do. Giovani Lo Celso and Lamela helped us a lot. "We played well very in the last 20 minutes, we were just missing a second goal".
Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott is expected to sign a new deal with the club "next month". But I will not be thinking of that, I will be thinking how we can win the game.
"We have other players who can play as a striker", he added. "It's a game we don't need, our squad is short with so many problems - but it's a game at home and we have to go for it".
"But a Premier League, global quality right-back is what's needed at Tottenham at the moment and he fits the bill, both those players do".
"It was a hard match". You could confuse a Premier League team and a Championship team.
"It isn't a small damage, however I can't discuss (restoration) occasions".