Mourinho opens up on whether lack of Champions League will hurt transfer budget

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have a mountain to climb if they wish to qualify for the Champions League next season under Jose Mourinho, a man who has won the competition.

The Lilywhites currently sit in seventh position in the Premier League, seven points behind both Man United and Wolves with a game in hand on each.

Spurs are also a whopping nine points behind Chelsea who currently sit in fourth, the final guaranteed automatic qualification spot for next season’s Champions League.

Fifth place may open up as a qualifying route if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld, but clubs must wait until the Citizens hear back on their appeal.

After playing Champions League football for the past four seasons, Spurs look as though they could drop out of the competition in 2020/21.

Jose Mourinho was asked in his Zoom pre-match press conference whether a lack of Champions League would hurt his transfer budget for the summer window.

He replied (Football London): “That’s normal. A team that qualifies or doesn’t qualify for the Champions League, it makes a difference to their economical situation. That’s easy to understand and easy to accept.

“The two good things are that Mr Levy wants what I want. He wants what the fans want, which is to win football matches and to try to win trophies. So that’s one good thing.

“The second good thing is that we don’t need much. We don’t need many players. We don’t need huge investment. That’s not our profile as a club. With or without COVID, with or without Champions League, so I think we will manage. It doesn’t matter what happens in terms of the table, we will manage to improve our squad which is what we want.”

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