Tottenham Hotspur remain in the fight for European football next season despite missing out on the Champions League places for the first time in four years.
Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League table and fighting it out with the likes of Wolves, Sheffield United, and Arsenal for the Europa League places.
Unless Arsenal win the FA Cup, the Europa places look likely to go to fifth, sixth, and seventh place in the Premier League.
In the past three years, the Europa League has been won twice by Premier League teams, including Chelsea last season and Manchester United in 2017. Of course, it was none other than Jose Mourinho at the helm in Manchester for this victory.
Liverpool also made the final of the competition back in 2016, meaning that English sides have an impressive recent pedigree in the second-tier European competition.
Football London have now reported that Mourinho said this in his press conference today:
“In quite a funny way, I’m telling the players, two more victories to win the Europa League. That’s what I’m telling the players. I know it’s not like that, I know the Europa League is a long competition and of course some good teams, of course, some teams go from Champions League to Europa League in the knockout phase and makes it a really difficult competition. But it’s just a feeling to try to motivate the boys because of course of the level is Champions League.
“I want Champions League, the players played Champions League final. That’s the level of our club, of our stadium. That’s what the fans want, that’s what we as a club wants. I’m just trying to motivate the troops because it’s very important to keep that motivation.
“It’s not possible that Sheffield United, Wolverhampton and Arsenal, it’s not possible they have more motivation than us to get one of these spots. Europa League is good, you can rotate players, it’s a fantastic experience for younger people that maybe Champions League comes too early for them. I think it’s good, I think we have to try that.”
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