Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is not getting carried away by suggestions that Tottenham Hotspur are Premier League title contenders and admitted that his side have plenty of work to do.
A win against West Brom on Sunday afternoon will send Spurs to the top of the Premier League table, at least temporarily.
While almost no pundits gave Tottenham a chance of finishing in the top four at the start of the season, a few have suggested recently, on the back of the start they have made to the campaign, that they could even challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.
However, Mourinho admitted that he is keeping his feet on the ground, for the moment.
When asked whether he feels his side can do something special this season, the Spurs boos told Football.London: “No no no.
“I have years of football experience and it is not a couple of victories that put me on the moon and it is not a couple of defeats that send me down to hell.
“It’s all about balance, taking it match by match, looking for improvement and seeing what happens.”
The 57-year-old revealed that he expected his side to have more points on the table in the Premier League and the Europa League than they do at this stage.
“I expected a couple of more points in the Premier League. We lost points we shouldn’t have and also in the Europa League we have six points now when I expected to have nine.”
Tottenham’s opponents on Sunday, West Brom have not made the best of starts on their return to the top flight and currently sit in the drop zone, with Slaven Bilic starting to feel the heat.
However, Mourinho insisted that the Croat deserves time after what he has achieved at the Hawthorns so far.
He added: “I don’t know if he [Bilic] is under pressure or not. If he is, it is difficult to understand because he has helped the club in such a difficult position after being relegated.
“He brought them back to the Premier League and we started the season just a couple of months ago. It is also a strange league at the moment.
“You win a game you are up in the table, you lose one and you are back down again. So I really don’t understand why he is under pressure, if that is the case.
“But he is a big boy and he has a lot of experience which can help his club and I am sure he can cope with anything he has to deal with, but he is a good guy.”
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