Spurs boss Pochettino defends Lloris, Alderweireld omissions for FA Cup semi defeat

Spurs boss Pochettino defends Lloris, Alderweireld omissions for FA Cup semi defeat

Tottenham Hotspur did it at their Wembley "home" and the never-say-die Reds simply brushed them aside to come back and book a place in the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday 19 May. I think we competed and dominated the first half, so 1-1 at half time was completely unfair.

Pogba and Sanchez have been the two marquee signings of Mourinho's time in charge, but both have largely failed to meet the standards expected of them this season with Mourinho even dropping Pogba regularly throughout the campaign.

"Sometimes after the game I am very frustrated, but quickly I move on and we have four games to make sure we play Champions League". We can't put ourselves in that situation.

Eriksen played in an inch ideal cross for Dele Alli to tap it into the back of the net. "We have got to improve". It was a Sanchez header at the end of a handsome Pogba cross.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera were all huge, but it was Sanchez who earned most of the plaudits. Not a great game for the highly rated midfielder. It is insane how our poacher has a better cross on himself than any of our wingers. I am not waiting for Alexis to score again in the next match and be man of the match. Scoring the first goal and setting up the second goal, Sanchez worked tirelessly today. Aside from making a superb slide tackle on Marcus Rashford in the dying embers of the game, the former Sporting CP player also slotted in at defence following the substitution of Ben Davies. Third-place Liverpool is three points ahead of Tottenham. His challenges for recovering the ball were well timed and efficient.

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It was a sweet moment for Alexis as he'd been booed at every touch by the Spurs support because of his previous connection with their local rivals Arsenal. He now has 3 goals and 5 assists so far.

'So I think we are trying to find this balance of a group with quality but with that mental toughness.

Mourinho was rewarded with a typical Herrera display.

"It's all about character, and understanding the character of the people you have brought to the football club". It was an important battle in midfield tonight and we ended up being victorious, thanks to Ander. Tottenham needs more time.

How fitting then, that at the same venue, against the same team, with much bigger stakes, Pogba produced a performance that should silence the critics, even if only temporarily.

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His work ethic is unparalleled and his passion and love for the club in unfathomable. That goal proved to be enough to see United through.

"We're getting used to being in finals", Herrera said. Jose Mourinho did his homework on the highly rated English forward, as it seems.

"We are disappointed because we are so close", he said.

United, aided by a raft of lengthy substitutions, then saw out the victory to reach another FA Cup final, Spurs restricted to shots from distance as their bid for a first trophy in a decade fell short.

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