“In these circumstances, yes”: Jose Mourinho insists that a top four finish with Tottenham this season would be the BIGGEST achievement of his career … and regrets the magnitude of the injury crisis
- Jose Mourinho believes that no team in Europe has more injuries than Tottenham now
- The Portuguese is preparing his restored side to take on his old side, Chelsea
- Tottenham is without Son Heung-min and Harry Kane due to serious injury
Jose Mourinho believes it would be the greatest achievement of his career if he could reach a top four finish this season with Tottenham.
The Portuguese believe that no other side in Europe is plagued as seriously as Tottenham Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have lost due to hamstring and arm problems respectively.
And on the eve of confrontation with his former side, Chelsea, Mourinho was asked if a top four finish would surpass anything he has done in his career to date.
“In these circumstances, yes,” Mourinho replied.
Jose Mourinho’s says that top four with Tottenham would be his biggest career achievement
Injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min (photo) have left Spurs briefly in attacking areas
Son was the match winner in their last league game against Aston Villa, where a last-minute strike from the South Korean made for an important 3-2 win on the road.
But now Son and Kane are on the road for the remainder of the campaign, Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela will be in their absence.
A single point separates Chelsea and Spurs from the weekend before the game and it will probably prove to be an essential 90 minutes in the Champions League race.
Mourinho also said that he was proud of the way his side closed a 12-point gap to the fourth, but insisted: “It’s not about me if it was about me and I’d even choose to go quickly to 1 go July and preseason start with my players and without injuries, go to the first week of the Premier League with the same points as all the others.
“But it’s not about me, it’s about the club. The boys have done fantastic to put themselves back in the position where we belong … that fights for the top four … the situation is difficult, no one else in the Premier League or even in European football is in such a a difficult situation in duration of injury in specific positions. “
Mourinho revealed that he has never had so many injuries at his previous clubs
After their defeat in mid-week by RB Leipzig, Mourinho compared ‘the fate of Spurs with’ going to fight with a gun without bullets’.
And on Friday, he said he had never known anything so bad at his previous clubs.
“Certainly it happened (but) I don’t think so long,” said Mourinho.
‘I remember, for example, that I had to play at Inter Thiago Motta with the central defender. This kind of situation can happen, but normally it happens once or twice because of major or minor injuries and five yellow cards … this situation for such a long time is very difficult.
‘The position that is, so specific and it is very difficult to find an adjustment for the peak position … you can’t say that Davinson Sanchez is playing in the middle of the field. That’s how it is. We have to go to the game with everything we have. I am very concerned about the fact that the situation cannot be improved. It can only get worse! “
He added: ‘It is a good test of the resilience and spirit of the players and a unique experience for them. We go together because we are smiling next season because we are in a very different situation. “
Mourinho also claims that no team in Europe has been hit harder by injuries than Tottenham
Lamela was a radiant spark in defeat to RB Leipzig in the midweek and he was praised by Mourinho on the eve of the trip to Chelsea.
“I have always liked a player that I really, really, really like, but a difficult season for him, many injuries and problems,” he said.
“An incredible spirit to recover, work and not even go to Argentina for days.
“I continued to work hard here and tried to give us what he gave in the previous game after no training, no conditions. Tomorrow will be the same, he will be here to help. ”
Erik Lamela was selected for special praise by Mourinho after he returned to show form