Jose Mourinho insists he has no problem with Liverpool helping Marine FC ahead of their FA Cup clash against Tottenham on Sunday.
Spurs are looking to avoid what would be one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history as they travel to face a club who play in the eighth tier of English football this weekend.
Liverpool have been helping Marine FC, who are based in the Merseyside town of Crosby, with scouting ahead of the match as they have given the club access to footage of Spurs’ matches.
And Mourinho is happy that the Premier League champions are helping their local side.
‘Liverpool helping Marine I think is normal,’ said Mourinho.
‘You know they are neighbours and I’m pretty sure there is an emotional connection between them. If they gave them analysis from us and access to footage they wouldn’t have, I feel it absolutely normal.
‘What can we expect? We need to see the pitch – it is important for the safety of the players that the pitch is okay, I believe they’re trying to do everything they can to have the best possible pitch.
‘It’s a club and a group of boys playing the game of their careers – so what can we do apart from respect them and win the match? Nothing.
‘I always believe that to show respect to these teams is to beat them, to show respect to them is to play with a good team and with a team that takes responsibility, has motivation and goes there to win the game.
‘That is to show respect and that is the cup mentality of the big teams.
‘If we go there and lose, it would be amazing for them but I think it would be a lack of respect from us to them.
‘We are preparing for the game normally, we train today looking at that game and we had a tactical meeting looking at that game, we are going there to win the match.’
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