Mourinho on Spurs’ most ‘realistic’ route back into Champions League – Not fourth place

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Every club in the hunt for the final spot in the top four has now played 30 Premier League fixtures this season, allowing us to judge the lie of the land ahead of the run-in.

Chelsea are currently favourites to finish in fourth as they secured a win over Aston Villa to put them on 51 points, five above their nearest rivals.

Manchester United remain in fifth after their draw with Spurs, currently on 46 points. However, Wolves have made up ground after a weekend win, putting them on 46 too.

Sheffield United remain a further two points back, with Spurs and Crystal Palace on 42 points each. After back-to-back defeats, Arsenal are lagging behind on 40 points.

While a top-four finish now seems unlikely for the Lilywhites, there remains a glimmer of hope that they can qualify for the Champions League.

Man City are still waiting to hear back about their European ban appeal and, if the suspension is upheld, fifth place could represent Champions League qualification this year.

Mourinho admitted in his Zoom pre-match press conference today that this may be the most realistic route for Spurs now.

He said (Football London): “I have to admit that in this fixture [United] we lost two points to fourth place and if the fifth-place gives us access to Champions League it becomes, of course, a much more realistic position – four points to United, four points to Wolves, two points to Sheffield, two points I think ahead of Arsenal. The fifth position becomes a much more realistic target but as I was saying we had nine matches, now we have eight. We go match after match and in the end, let’s see where we are.”

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