Jose Mourinho has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur in a much better position than they were back in Match to launch an offensive on the top four spots.
Spurs were reeling before the season was suspended back in March with the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn all out injured.
The side went winless in their last six matches in all competitions prior to the suspension and it looked like a top-four finish was slipping out of their grasp.
However, the extended break has afforded the injured Spurs stars the time they needed to complete their rehabilitation and regain full fitness.
Mourinho insisted that the Lilywhites still have a mountain to climb given their points deficits with their direct rivals for Champions League qualification.
He told Football.London: “It’s a second chance but we don’t start these nine matches, a championship or tournament if you want to call it that, with the same number of points as our opponents.
“If this was Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Sheffield, Wolves, if this was United, if this was a tournament starting with zero then I would say amazing great chance to go for it, that’s a different situation.
“But we have minus six, five, four, I don’t know, I think one point more than Arsenal and apart from that, everyone has more points than us. So it’s a difficult one.”
However, the Spurs boss did admit that the club’s chances have improved drastically now that he has far more options at his disposal.
Mourinho added: “But yes, there are nine matches, 27 points, we got Harry and Sonny back which were the players with the best stats in terms of scoring and assists, this kind of attacking power.
“We lose Dele, I don’t know Giovani Lo Celso, the reality we are now in a better position in relation to our options than where we were before. When we were in Leipzig, it was completely impossible.
“In this moment, we have players available, we worked well in the last couple of weeks so I think we are in a better position at least for myself because it’s easier to choose my team to play now than it was before the lockdown.”
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There is no doubt that United would have come into this match as favourites prior to the suspension as they were in excellent form while we were struggling pretty badly back in March.
However, today’s game will be a fresh start for both teams and it is anybody’s guess how the game will unfold. The fitness levels of both sets of players will have a huge impact on the result.
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