Proud Amoros says he ‘couldn’t have asked for more’ from Tottenham Ladies as 11-month unbeaten run ends
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Head coach Juan Amoros says Spurs Ladies’ players and coaches will be better for the experience after falling short against north London rivals Arsenal in the Women’s FA Cup.
They headed to Meadow Park, Boreham Wood, undefeated in 27 games and having seen off Blackburn Rovers and Brighton in previous rounds.
Cup holders Arsenal proved a step too far, eventually winning 10-0, but despite bowing out of the competition, Amoros wasn’t surprised it had to take one of Europe’s elite women’s teams to end the side’s sensational run.
He said: “They are a team of full time professionals. We were playing against world champions, Olympic gold medallists, international players, best players of their league – so it was a really tough challenge for us.
“It was always going to be tough, but it’s been Arsenal who has had to stop our run. We’ve been unbeaten since April last year, 11 months without losing a game.
“We’ve never faced this kind of opposition. We were playing against world class players and not only the front line, they were running from the middle of the pitch, the combinations, how quick they were, changing positions getting in behind us – it was extremely hard for our girls.
“It’s obviously something that the girls are not used to. It’s not only the fact that they had world class players, it’s the fact that we don’t face them every week.
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“So once you come up against this type of challenge, it’s always a bit hard to get adjusted to it.
“The girls gave it a go, they worked extremely hard and realistically we couldn’t have asked any more from them.
“All the players know that today was just about enjoying it. I hope they did.
“I’m massively proud. The fact that they wake up everyday, they’ve got full-time jobs, and they’re still in every training session doing what we ask them on and off the pitch.
“They have been outstanding the whole year and now that they’ve been able to play against these types of players, for them we said it’s a reward.”
Tottenham face a different test on Sunday, another London derby with Crystal Palace – who they’ve beaten on three occasions this season, in both league and cups.
And Amoros says the game will serve as an opportunity to prove their mentality is still as strong as ever.
He added: “We know that it’s going to be an extremely hard game. They are going to come looking to get some points from our pitch.
“We’re just going to do what we always try to do every game – try to win and stay top of the league. That’s obviously our main priority.”