‘A strange battle’ – Jose Mourinho opens up on Tottenham’s fight for top four

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Dom Le Roy

With Tottenham Hotspur out of both the FA Cup and the Champions League this season, the one remaining focus for the club is to finish in the top four.

Missing out on Champions League football next season amidst the current COVID-19 financial crisis would be a disaster, especially after recently opening a new stadium.

Spurs are currently down in eighth position in the Premier League with just nine games remaining this season.

Tottenham are on 41 points, with Wolves on 43, Sheffield United on 44, Man United on 45, and Chelsea on 48 points, with the Blues currently in fourth.

The question as to whether fifth will secure Champions League football remains unanswered as Man City await the result of their European ban appeal.

Tottenham take on Manchester United in a six-pointer tomorrow night as they look to close the gap on their top-four rivals.

In his Zoom pre-match press conference today, Mourinho labelled the top-four race as an ‘incredible challenge’.

He said (Football London): “The battle for the top four would be amazing if we all started on the same number of points. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We start with minus seven or eight with Chelsea, minus 14 to Leicester.

“We start with minus in relation to many teams. It’s a strange battle to fight but at the same time, it’s a great challenge, a great motivation. I try not to look that difference, I can’t tell you exactly the difference of points we have to our opponents. I look to this incredible challenge in the way we have how we have to do it which is every game we have to win, and then we’ll see at the end of our nine matches what we did and what opponents did.

“Normally in these fights, you don’t depend as much as we do on what our direct opponents. That is really difficult, but let’s focus on one match at a time. Tomorrow is Manchester United and on the points are there to fight for and that is what we are going to do.”

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