Tottenham Hotspur were in 14th in the Premier League, twelve points off the top four, out of the Carabao Cup, and not yet qualified for the Champions League knockouts when Mourinho took over.
Fast forward a few weeks and Spurs are now seventh, six points off the top four, preparing for their FA Cup campaign, and waiting to see who they get in the Champions League draw on Monday.
On 23 points from 16 games, Spurs are just one behind Man United and Wolves in fifth and six, with Chelsea sitting in fourth on 29 points.
However, Spurs have won three of their last four, while Chelsea have just one win and three losses in that time.
In his press conference today, Mourinho claimed that the club and the team know where they belong, and it isn’t in the bottom half of the table or even in seventh.
While he didn’t mention the top four by name, you would assume that represents Mourinho’s aims, as Pochettino finished there for four years running.
He said (Football London): “It means that we know where we belong, we don’t belong to the second part of the table where we are, we don’t even belong to position 7 or 8 where we are in this moment. We know where we belong and we believe at the end of the season we are going to be there. But if you can accelerate the process and get results to put you sooner or later in these positions obviously this is the best that can happen to us, but again we need a little bit of time. We improve in many things. And we’re going to improve. We have the talent and the desire so I am sure we are going to improve. But in this moment you’re right, we’re going to play against a team that has the same coach for three years, they develop the ideas in a stable way. I think they play almost with a blindfold so very difficult match for us, but also for them.”
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