Jose Mourinho addresses Spurs’ title ambitions after they moved to second in table

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has refused to get carried away with talks of a potential title challenge and insisted that Tottenham will continue to take it game by game this season.

The North Londoners started the campaign on fire in front of goal, scoring three against West Ham, five against Southampton and six against Manchester United.

However, their last two wins against Burnley and Brighton have shown a different side to Spurs, with Mourinho’s men managing to dig out wins despite being second best for large spells in both matches.

Tottenham needed Gareth Bale to come off the bench to rescue them on Sunday as the Welshman opened his account for his second Spurs spell with a well-placed header.

Mourinho insisted that his team cannot afford to take their eye of the ball as every game in the Premier League is a difficult test.

When asked about his side’s title aspirations, he told Football.London: “We are ready to challenge West Bromwich Albion in the next match. It’s going to be very difficult. They need points – Slaven clever guy, lots of experienced players. It’s going to be very difficult. We are going to be ready to challenge them. Your question, I understand.

“I think we just have to go match after match. We need to learn with our mistakes and understand the PL is going in one direction where every match is very difficult. People’s tendency will always be when one of the top teams loses points, the tendency will always be they didn’t play well.

“But I believe that Potter and all the guys that coach teams from the second part of the table deserve a lot of credit. Because they work phenomenal, they have very good teams, very good players. So I don’t know what will happen in the Premier League honestly.”

The Tottenham boss also showered praise on the way in which Graham Potter’s side approached the game.

He added: “I just love the way they (Brighton) play, even during the game they have a capacity to change.

“They were playing with a three, then we adapted to that and were controlling the game.

“Then he changed to four, then we took our time to adapt to that. Because sometimes what we can see on the bench, the players can not see on the pitch – and the communication is not very easy.

“I think they have a very good team, the work is brilliant but at the moment they just don’t have the points adapted to the quality of their game. But for sure they are going to get these points because the team is very good.”

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