Jose Mourinho says top four fi...


Jose Mourinho says top four finish with Spurs would be among his greatest achievements

Share this article

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho feels getting his side to finish in the Premier League's top four this season would rank among his greatest achievements. 

The Portuguese boss previously claimed that guiding Manchester United to a second-place finish was better than either of his Champions League wins.

Spurs have battled through injuries all season with Harry Kane a long-term absentee, and Heung-Min Son joining him on the sidelines with a fractured arm last week.

Despite all of that, Spurs go into Saturday's trip to Chelsea fifth in the table, and just a point off their hosts.

Speaking ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said, "Sonny and Harry, they score the majority of goals that Tottenham score.

"This season was so negatively special that we'll be without them both at the same time for a lot of matches.

"So yes, not for me, my achievement, but collectively for this group of boys if we manage to finish fourth without Harry and Sonny it would be something incredible, incredible achievement for the boys. So we have to give everything we have."

Mourinho made no mention of Troy Parrott in his pre-match press conference, despite their Champions League defeat to Red Bull Leipzig highlighting their need for a striker.

Spurs face seven games inside the next month, and Mourinho has an inkling it won't make his injury situation any better, "It worries me a lot, the fact that the situation for us cannot get better.

"It can only get worse. If you can in one or two weeks, Harry Kane or Sonny is back.

"But the situation can only be more difficult for us. Next week we play Wolves, two says later we play Norwich, two days later we play Burnley...thank you very much for choosing the game for 5.30pm TV.

"Two days lay later we play Leipzig and we are going to arrive there after three matches in eight days.

"Very hard. Good fun, in the end good fun. Good experience for everyone, a good test of the players' resilience and spirit and also for them a unique experience for them. We go together because next season we'll smile because we'll be in a very different situation."

The Spurs manager hopes to have Moussa Sissoko help them in their final push for a Champions League spot, "I think Moussa will give us some matches this season. He went outside, started a little bit. Next week we'll have a different phase of his recovery. In an optimistic but realistic situation, I'd expect Moussa to play a few weeks of football with us.

It could be like six weeks of football with us. The whole of April and half of May. In normal conditions, we're going to have him back by end of March or beginning of April."

Share this article

Read more about

Chelsea Harry Kane Heung-min Son Jose Mourinho Manchester United Premier League Spurs Tottenham Hotspur Troy Parrott

You might like