Mourinho reveals why the Bayern game is important and why he will rest players

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Tottenham Hotspur are in Germany ahead of the game week six Champions League away match against Bayern Munich.

Many will remember what happened in the reverse fixture under Mauricio Pochettino, as Spurs started the game well and took the lead, before losing 7-2 at home.

However, this time around, there is nothing riding on the match for the Lilywhites apart from their own sense of pride, unlike last year away to Barcelona in the final game.

Spurs are already guaranteed a spot in the final 16, while it is also impossible for them to catch the German champions at the top of the group.

This means that, win, lose or draw, Spurs will finish second, leaving little reason for Mourinho to risk injury to his biggest stars.

Having said that, Mourinho was still keen to point out that the club still had to represent Tottenham, rather than throwing the game away. He did add that he would be resting some players.

Mourinho said (Football London): “It’s an important game because we represent Tottenham. Tottenham is Tottenham. It always gives us a sense of responsibility. We cannot finish first, we cannot have that privilege. The result is not going to change anything. One thing I’m not having is time, time to know all my players well, and this is also a great opportunity for some of them to play, to show what they are capable of. Some of my boys they haven’t had the chance to play for me in these five matches since I arrived. So we’ve tried to mix these factors. We need to play for Tottenham and this is the responsibility but at the same time, there are other things. The Premier League is a special competition, it’s not just the number of matches but the intensity and we are going to have an incredible number of fixtures until the new year and I think it’s understandable that we are going to make a few changes and rest a few players.

“I think if I remember Tottenham since I came back to England for my second spell I think this is basically the profile of the club. You always have some experienced players and some younger players. The Spurs supporters they like to see the young boys coming from the academy and from other clubs in world football. The age of our squad is very low and of course, there are some players in the best years of their career. Then we have some young names. You look at the last match I was able to make changes. I had Lo Celso and Eriksen on the bench but the opportunities went to the U20s.”

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