Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur humiliated eighth-tier side Marine FC in the third round of the FA Cup courtesy of a hat-trick from Carlos Vinicius. Jose Mourinho was especially ecstatic after the victory, seemingly visible during his post-match interaction with the media. An interesting anecdote has now come to the fore about the former Manchester United boss, who is known for his witty response during pressers.
According to several reports in the media, Mourinho bought a ticket for the raffle, which was organised by Marine FC. The eighth-tier side have struggled on the financial front after their hopes of generating revenues were dashed after the Merseyside region was placed in Tier-3 of Britain's COVID-19 regulations.
The Merseyside outfit were hoping to welcome at least 500 fans for the FA Cup game, but now face losses estimated at £100,000. The crisis deepened further when an advertiser decided to withdraw his £20,000 package after the announcement that the game will be played behind closed doors.
But, former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has come to the club's rescue. Carragher, who runs the JC23 Foundation, has stepped in to sponsor Marine FC's dugouts and pre-match warm-up tops. The club are also raising revenue with the sale of 20000 virtual Marine FC tickets at the cost of £10 per unit, with the amount set to be raffled.
"To show respect to them is to play with a good team, with a team with responsibility, with a team with motivation and to beat them."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 9, 2021
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Speaking to the media, Mourinho confirmed that he will buy a ticket. "If I win, I cannot do it (manage Marine) because we have our pre-season. I don't think I will have conditions to do that. But the meaning of it makes me say yes to buying", said the former Real Madrid manager.
Mourinho's men arrived in top form against the Merseyside outfit on Sunday. Carlos Vinicius netted a first-half hat-trick to help his side sail towards a comfortable win. Besides, the team maintained possession for a major part of the game with Lucas Moura and Alfie Devine bagging one goal each to round off the Tottenham goals' fiesta on Sunday.