Jose Mourinho has said he is worried that competing on three fronts with a limited squad might cost Tottenham in the long run.
Spurs currently sit fifth in the Premier League after their win over Aston Villa yesterday and are right in the thick of the race for the top four.
With Champions League action set to resume this week and the FA Cup also getting towards the business end, Tottenham have a fairly busy schedule over the next few weeks.
The Lilywhites haven’t been helped by the fact that they are without two important players in Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko, although the injury situation is better than it was a few weeks ago.
The FA Cup is arguably the smallest of the three competitions but Mourinho is adamant that the club will take the competition seriously.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “I think a trophy is what every club wants. I think the FA Cup is a competition that is open to dreams.
“Even teams that are not in the top four, they can dream when they are in the draws because it’s a knockout.
“Again, with the draws, the top teams are all there – they never play against each other in a way, so it looks to me the top eight or the top four, in the final, the top teams will be there.”
However, the Spurs boss did admit to having worries about pushing the squad beyond their limits with an important run of fixtures coming up.
He added: “It’s going to be difficult because we are in three competitions and we don’t have a squad for that because we have so many injuries.
“Our squad doesn’t show the full potential that it has by losing players until the end of the season.
“The accumulation of matches, which I believe is going to pay a price but again, we make a big effort to be where we are and I think this means that we are ready for the fight.”
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It is refreshing to hear Mourinho talk about the FA Cup the way he does after hearing five years of Pochettino more or less sneering at the competition. If we beat Norwich and enter the quarterfinals, then we certainly have as good a chance as any other team given Mourinho’s record in knockout games.
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