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‘Maybe you think I’m crazy’ – why Mourinho was happy with Palace goal

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ose Mourinho insists he was “very happy” with the goal Crystal Palace scored against Tottenham as it helped Spurs learn a valuable lesson to not “lose control” of a game.

With Tottenham seemingly cruising into half-time of Sunday’s Premier League London derby a goal up thanks to Gareth Bale’s close-range finish, Christian Benteke headed Palace level just before the interval.

Spurs recovered after the break as Bale added another before Harry Kane’s brace eased the visitors to a 4-1 win, but Mourinho said Benteke’s goal could be a blessing in disguise for his side as they compete for a top-four finish.

“I told them at half-time that I was very happy with the goal we conceded,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“Maybe you think I am crazy but I was, I’m not bluffing. I was happy because it was the proof for the players if you lose control of the game, you start not pressing… in the end it’s difficult to keep a clean sheet.

“The way the team started the second half I believe that shows the team is happy, the team is playing better, doesn’t feel that negative pressure so it was a good week for us.

“Three matches, nine points and for next week when we play a crucial match in the Europa League and a derby against Arsenal nothing will be better for us than this week to win all the nine points.”


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