Jose Mourinho press conference: Why top four for Tottenham would be his GREATEST EVER achievement, plus injury updates on Ndombele and Lamela
Feb. 21, 2020
Jose Mourinho says finishing in the top four with Tottenham would be his greatest achievement as he labelled their injury crisis as the worst in Europe.
The Portuguese previously insisted finishing second in the Premier League with Manchester United in 2017/18 was his best feat, but that would change if he can deliver Champions League football to Spurs next season.
He is being forced to play the remaining quarter of the season without a recognised striker as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who has undergone successful surgery on a broken arm, are injured.
That duo have scored half of Spurs’ goals this season and it leaves Mourinho putting square pegs in round holes – something he will have to do again on his return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday – which is LIVE on talkSPORT .
“In these circumstances, yes,” Mourinho said when asked whether finishing top-four would out-rank his second-placed with United.
“We have to face that, again I repeat the boys did fantastic to put themselves back in the positions where we belong, these positions fighting for the top four.
“The situation is difficult. I think nobody else in the Premier League for sure, but even in European football is in such a difficult situation as we are in terms of injuries in specific positions.
“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 also discussed various other topics during his press conference, and talkSPORT rounds up the best bits, below…
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On Moussa Sissoko
“I think Moussa will give us some matches this season,” he said. “He went outside, started a bit. Next week he will have a different stage of recovery.
“I expect Moussa to get maybe 6 weeks of football, half of May & all of April. Maybe back with us end of March.”
On Erik Lamela’s strong return
“Not training with the squad, being protected to be in conditions to give us some time in the next time.
“A player I like very, very much, I’ve always liked, but a difficult season for him, lots of injuries and problems.
“An incredible spirit to recover, work and didn’t even go home to Argentina in days off. Stayed here working hard, trying to give us what he gave in last game after no training, no conditions.
“Tomorrow will be the same, he’ll be here to help.”
On Tanguy Ndombele
“I can only speak about three months and three months of small injuries, setbacks, difficult to reach a good physical level. Playing one match and then getting injured again. So difficult, difficult time.
“(On the benefits of his new training programme) At least he’s not been injured in the last few weeks, he played a good 30 minutes in the last game and it was a game of high intensity. And hopefully he’ll only improve.
“I hope that the first time he plays a match in the starting line-up, he can play and be on the pitch for 60-90 minutes and not have any setback.”
On returning to Chelsea
“No, not special, one more game. Because I’m a professional, as I’ve said every time I played my previous clubs, I’ll belong 200 per cent to my club. That’s it.
“The only different thing will be at the end of the game I can walk from the stadium to my house but even that I won’t take an advantage of because I’ll go back from the stadium with my players. I won’t use that advantage.”
On potentially signing Willian
“I don’t speak about players form other clubs.”
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