Jose Mourinho has admitted that there are going to be players in the Tottenham squad who are unhappy with the amount of game time they are going to get this season but insisted that the team needs everyone to contribute if they are going to achieve their objectives.
Tottenham have already made six new additions to the squad this summer in the form of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Carlos Vinicius, with reports indicating that the North Londoners are looking to sign another central defender before Monday’s deadline.
As a result, Mourinho is now spoilt for choice in almost every position across the pitch, as demonstrated by the amount of squad rotation he has undertaken over the last two weeks.
However, despite the rotation and the congested fixture list, some players like Dele Alli have still not got enough minutes under their belt, which has led to considerable speculation about the midfielder’s future.
Mourinho admitted that it was normal for a club like Tottenham, who wish to be challenging on multiple fronts, to have a large squad.
He told Football.London: “My job is not to keep them (the players) happy. My job is to do the best for the club and to get the best possible results, but it is certain, I agree that it’s impossible to keep everybody happy when you have so many players because every weekend, every match, some players will not be playing and that’s not good for them especially when they are good players.
“At the same time, we are a big club, we want to be bigger, we want to play in all the competition We have six matches in the Europa League group phase, playing on a Thursday and we are sure to get lots of matches at Sunday at 12pm or Sunday 3pm.
“It’s going to be very, very hard so it’s impossible to do it with all the same players and to have a good squad with good numbers is what all the top clubs have.”
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Mourinho is not someone who has tended to rotate his squads too much over the course of his career. He has shown a tendency to stick with the same core group of around 15-16 players at the risk of alienating a few others.
However, he probably realizes that this season is unique in terms of the number of fixtures that will be crammed in a short space of time. So, we are going to need a strong squad if we are to avoid fatigue and injuries while competing on all four fronts.
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