Jose Mourinho opens up on Tottenham’s top four hopes

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Jose Mourinho refused to comment too much on Tottenham’s top-four hopes in his post-match press conference last night after Spurs defeated Crystal Palace 4-1.

The victory made it three in a row in the league for Spurs, with the Lilywhites claiming nine points in the last seven days.

This has seen Tottenham climb up the table to sixth, now just two points behind Chelsea in fourth. It also took Mourinho’s men above Liverpool and seven clear of Arsenal.

The Gunners are next up in the Premier League for Spurs in the North London Derby as they look to extend their winning run to four games.

The likes of Man United, Leicester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal are all still realistically challenging for the top four places this season with around 11 games left to go.

However, Mourinho claimed that Spurs would be taking it one game at a time, picking up as many points as they can along the way.

On how many top-four spots are still up for grabs, Mourinho said (Football London): “I don’t know and I don’t really, really think about it.

“I cannot control the results of other teams, I cannot control what is going to happen on West Ham vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Everton tomorrow. I cannot control.

“We have just to try to get the best number of points we can, try to win the most matches we can and the most number of points that is possible if possible playing well, if possible scoring goals, if possible not conceding many and try to see what can happen.

“I don’t forget the Europa League, I refuse to forget. I refuse just to say Thursday is not important because for me is important. The cup final is there waiting for us but still a couple of months.

“We just have to work, to work hard, stick together, go through the difficult moments like we did already, try to enjoy the good moments but enjoy in a soft way because we know how difficult it is going to be next.

“For us in the Premier League next is Arsenal away, Aston Villa away, Newcastle away. This is what is waiting for us waiting around the corner, and try to be happy when we can.

“Today we can after three victories in the same week. If the stats I was given are correct, 100 goals scored in the season which for a very defensive team, for a very negative team is not bad.”

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