Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Middlesbrough following his side’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at the Riverside on Sunday.
Boro took the lead on the 50th minute against a full strength Spurs side, who had to rely on a powerful Lucas Moura header to dig them out of trouble 11 minutes later.
The Premier League side did have chances to win it, but the contest will have to be decided by a replay in eight days at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Following the game Mourinho told Teesside Live that: “I like the club, I like the owner, I respect him a lot. Since Karanka was here the club became even more important to me because of my connection with Aitor.
“I wish Jonathan and Robbie (Keane) the best. I see the team and it is well organised, very competitive with new players coming,” Mourinho continued. “I hope they do well. They are in a position of stability in the league. Can they reach the play-offs? I don’t know.”
Both Jonathan Woodgate and Robbie Keane were part of the Spurs side that last won silverware for the club, winning the 2008 League Cup, with the former scoring the winning goal.
On this, Mourinho told Teesside Live: “The fans will show them the respect, Robbie scored so many goals for Tottenham and Jonathan scored the goal that gave Tottenham their last silverware, so the fans will show them respect, the same they did with Aaron Lennon came back with Burnley.”
Before the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Boro turn their focus back to league action as they welcome Derby County to the Riverside Stadium.
The Rams and Boro are only currently separated by goal difference in the Championship table and Jonathan Woodgate’s side will be hoping to take confidence from their performance against Spurs into the clash.
Boro fans will no doubt love what Jose Mourinho has had to say about their side, and in truth, Boro did prove a stern test for the Premier League club.
Mourinho has been fond of the club since his friend and former assistant manager Aitor Karanka was their manager between 2013 and 2017, so it is no surprise to see him full of compliments for Boro.
Boro will no doubt be relishing a trip to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and although it will be in the minds of supporters and some players, all focus will be on the league clash with Derby this weekend.