Jose Mourinho has claimed that his side need to go into every game looking to get all three points if they are to win the Premier League title this season.
Mourinho has won the Premier League title on three occasions with Chelsea over two different spells and certainly knows what it takes to go all the way in top flight.
The Portuguese coach has a reputation of being a big-game manager but he insisted that the sides who have title aspirations should give the same level of importance to every single game.
Ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Anfield, the Spurs boss told Football.London: “It’s not just about winning the big matches. It’s about winning almost every match. It’s about not wasting points, its about being consistent,”
“Some teams they are very good against the top teams in the big matches, but then they don’t have that mentality to be solid for 10 or 11 months of competition. Other teams they are afraid of the big matches, they don’t perform, they hide themselves, they lose against the big opponents but in the smaller games they feel less pressure and they perform better.
“Both of this profile of team cannot be champions. To be champions you have to be there match after match, point after point. If you cannot get three, you get one. It’s about the quality of the team but also of the resilience of the group.”
The Spurs boss has tended to stick with more or less the same team for Premier League encounters over the last couple of months, preferring to rotate his squad in the Europa League.
This has meant that the likes of Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks, who were previously important players in the side, have hardly got a look-in recently.
Mourinho admitted that even the players who are not featuring regularly need to put the team first if the club desires to win silverware this season.
He added: “It’s very important the mentality of every player because in different moments some players are playing more than others and the ones that in one moment aren’t playing they have to understand they are important and the moment will arrive for them to become very important.
“You cannot have fractures in the internal dynamic of the group. So to be a successful team you need all these things to be together so it’s difficult for me to identify the reason why Chelsea was the champion twice or why Liverpool is now so successful. It’s a series of factors that altogether create that dynamic.”
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Jose certainly has a point when he says every single player in the squad, irrespective of how often they are playing, should be invested in the team’s success if the club is to win the league. However, the Portuguese coach (unlike Pochettino) does not have a habit of chopping and changing his first-choice eleven, which means that more players are more likely to feel alienated. Thankfully, the fact that we are still involved in all four competitions means that the likes of Winks and Sanchez might get enough game time to keep them happy until the end of the season.
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