Danny Mills believes that Jose Mourinho’s objectives at Tottenham this season could have changed following the announcement that Manchester City face a two-year ban from European football.
News broke on Friday that UEFA had banned Manchester City from all European competitions for the next two seasons and hit them with a fine of £25 million after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of the body’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations (BBC Sport).
It has been reported that City’s ban could open up the possibility of a fifth-place finish in the Premier league being awarded Champions League qualification at the expense of City (The Guardian).
Spurs currently find themselves in fifth, just a point behind Chelsea in fourth who face Manchester United this evening.
Mills believes that with Tottenham’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League now handed a boost, Mourinho would reconsider his targets and put more focus on the league than the cup competitions.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds United defender said: “Mourinho knows it is all up for grabs all of a sudden.
“Maybe he was focusing on one of the cup competitions but now they might be thinking ‘Let’s get fifth! Let’s get fourth.’ Let’s really put some pressure on teams and get back into the Champions League.
“It has opened up a massive can of worms. And as much as Manchester City fans will be aggrieved. It appears they have broken the rules and it is alleged they have misled. That is the real problem.”
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Mills suggestion that this announcement will get Mourinho to put more of a focus on the league makes little sense. If anything, it should have the opposite effect. However, right now we have to assume that the team which finishes fifth will miss out as we have no idea whether Man City’s appeal is going to be successful or not.
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