Jose Mourinho has insisted that the team will do everything they can to ensure they finish in the top four despite suffering injuries to key players.
The Lilywhites are currently without their two main attacking threats in Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, while Moussa Sissoko has also been sidelined with an injury.
Despite being desperately short of attacking options and having two fewer days to prepare for the game than Chelsea going into the derby compared to their opponents, the Spurs boss insisted that the players are ready to give it their all.
Speaking to Football.London about the injury situation, Mourinho said: “It’s so cold now (referring to his blanket analogy). We are so strong that we don’t need anything, we can sleep in difficult circumstances if you know what I mean.
“We don’t need to be in a very comfortable place. We rest when we can, which is not a lot. I was already with someone from BT and I thank him already to choose the game at 12.30, I can thank you also to choose the Sunday at Aston Villa before Leipzig.
“We rest when we can, the way we can and we go to every match ready for everything. That’s the spirit we want to keep.”
Tottenham have made up significant ground on Chelsea in the past few months, having been twelve points behind the Blues when Jose Mourinho arrived back at the tail end of November.
That gap has now narrowed to just a point and victory tomorrow will see Spurs leapfrog the Blues into fourth place, something that seemed unimaginable a couple of months ago.
Mourinho insisted that Spurs have earned the right to fight for fourth having worked their way into their current position.
He added, “It was really hard for the boys to be in this position, I remember when I arrived, my first conversation with them was don’t look at the table.
“Forget you’re 12 points behind fourth, don’t think of any targets, top six or we just want to go match after match and see where this can take us. Well after three months we went from closer to the relegation positions, which obviously was never a problem.
“But we went from there to be one point behind the top four. Amazing effort by everyone. So now that we’re in this position, we earned the right to fight for it.
“It’s difficult. In this moment, probably lots of people think impossible. OK but we’re going to fight. Looking at this match, the only thing that matters now, ‘let’s go’.”
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With Son and Kane both out, I fear that we simply won’t score enough goals to finish fourth this season. We really need the likes of Dele, Lucas and Berwign to find their scoring boots over the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see if Mourinho is tempted to throw Parrott in at some point.
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