Jose lauds his players for finishing season strongly despite ‘so many difficulties’

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight with the form his team showed towards the end of the season.

After the defeat against Sheffield United, Tottenham went unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches, winning four of those. The run enabled them to sneak into next season’s Europa League at the expense of Wolves.

However, Arsenal’s victory against Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday means that the Lilywhites will have to play three qualifying matches to get into the group stage of the competition.

Regardless, Mourinho insisted that the team deserved to be playing European football next season for the way they finished the campaign.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “One more year for Spurs, one more year for myself.

“It’s an important European competition (Europa League) and the season had so many difficulties since day one that I think in the end it’s positive.

“The players are happy, especially because we managed to do that in the last couple of months, when the boys worked so, so hard, even during the lockdown, those sessions were brilliant, and I think they deserve it.”

The 57-year-old insisted the team could have done much better than finishing sixth this season if they had not suffered the injury crisis they did prior to the lockdown.

The Spurs boss admitted that he is now looking forward to having a fresh start again next season.

He added: “It’s positive, but the feeling is a couple more matches and it would probably be different, and the feeling is without so many injuries… just a couple less, it would be different too.

“But it’s over, and in the end, it ended in a positive way and with a positive feeling for next season.

“Now it’s time for the players to disconnect, to rest and to be back with the togetherness they show day after day, thinking that next season is going to be better for us.”

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Even the harshest of Jose’s critics cannot deny that there was progress after the restart. We looked much more solid defensively and there were indications that our attackers were slowly getting used to capitalising on transitions. In fact, had the season gone on for three or four more games, we would have likely been in the Champions League next season.

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