Jose Mourinho was delighted to see Carlos Vinicius’ patience for minutes rewarded with a hat-trick and praised Tottenham’s professional approach in the 5-0 FA Cup beating of non-league Marine.
Brazilian forward Vinicius made just his fifth start of the season, four of those coming in the Europa League, and netted three times in the first half of the third-round tie at Rossett Park on Sunday.
Vinicius plays second fiddle to Harry Kane and Mourinho felt his performance was emblematic of a Spurs team that showed plenty of respect to their eighth-tier opponents, who are 116 places below them in the English football pyramid.
“It is nice for him. Of course, for a striker that doesn’t play a lot because in front of him is the big one,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“Every time he has a little chance to play, like in the Europa League, he is there for us and we are very happy.
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“I think the boys were professionals and didn’t stop until the game was over in terms of the result.
“The attitude was positive and that means a lot for me and also for the competition and to Marine’s guys, because they felt we played seriously.”
Lucas Moura was on target with a superb free-kick as Spurs led 4-0 at the break, with 16-year-old Alfie Devine making history as Tottenham’s youngest ever player and scorer after drilling home the fifth on the hour.
Brazil forward Lucas was thrilled for his compatriot Vinicius, saying: “I’m very happy today, very happy for my friend Vinny, let’s go for the next game.”