Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are “smelling the chance” to attain within the Champions League spots nonetheless feels there is gargantuan rivals from on the least 5 thoroughly different teams for a fourth-teach attain.
Tottenham face Aston Villa within the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four functions on the inspire of fourth-placed Chelsea after a2-0 victory over Manchester Cityof their last league outing before the winter fracture.
Talking to BBC One’s Football Focus, Mourinho said: “First of all, I look worthy extra golf equipment then other folks mediate.
“In most cases it looks like, because Chelsea are the fourth and barely Tottenham is in fifth and Manchester United are the sixth, we’re smelling the chance.”
Spurs are currently in sixth teach within the desk and might perhaps leapfrog Sheffield United into fifth with a way shut at Villa Park on the weekend.
“I mediate other folks neglect there are gargantuan contenders,” the Spurs boss added. “Wolves, Sheffield United, Man United – even Arsenal – so or no longer it’s far no longer factual about what’s the distance between us and Chelsea.”
Tottenham appointed mild Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho as supervisor in November following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino as soon as they were 11 functions adrift of the pinnacle four, with an inferior plan incompatibility to then fourth-placed Manchester City.
Mourinho turn out to be talking before City’stwo-year banfrom European rivals, which has ended in suggestions a high-5 map might perhaps perhaps now web Champions League qualification.
“With that hole, it turn out to be going to very annoying,” Mourinho added. “This incompatibility of functions enables the others in scream to develop mistakes and they aloof support a legit mission.
“In our case mistakes, especially from now, mistakes will support us away from that. It be a gargantuan hole nonetheless we are going to be there.”
‘FA Cup is originate to desires’
Tottenham are aloof searching for a trophy this season after a dramaticFA Cup fourth-spherical replay way shutover Southampton.
Son Heung-min’s gradual penalty location up a fifth-spherical dwelling tie in opposition to Norwich City on Wednesday, 4 March.
“I mediate a trophy is what every club desires,” Mourinho instantaneous Football Focus. “I mediate the FA Cup is a contest that is originate to desires.
“Even teams that are no longer within the pinnacle four, they are able to dream as soon as they’re within the draws because or no longer it’s a knockout.
“Again, with the draws, the pinnacle teams are all there – they by no way play in opposition to each thoroughly different in a arrangement, so it looks to me the pinnacle eight or the pinnacle four, within the closing, the pinnacle teams will likely be there.”
Injuries to the likes of England captain Harry Kane possess viewed Tottenham’s squad stretched as the club additionally looks for success within the last 16 of the Champions League in opposition to German facet RB Leipzig.
“It be going to be annoying because we’re in three competitions and we have now not got a squad for that because we possess so many accidents,” said Mourinho.
“Our squad does now not point to the paunchy ability that it has by losing players unless the cease of the season.
“The accumulation of matches, which I mediate goes to pay a designate nonetheless again, we develop a gargantuan effort to be the establish we’re and I mediate this implies that we’re ready for the combat.”
‘The barber turn out to be wicked’
A gargantuan topic of dialog on social media this week turn out to be no longer connected to issues on the pitch for Mourinho – nonetheless his new coiffure.
The Portuguese boss outlined his shut nick wasn’t intentional.
“The motive on the inspire of the haircut is the barber turn out to be wicked!” Mourinho joked.
“He did a wicked job and when I checked out myself within the replicate, I checked out him and said ‘attain on, bring out the one and shave it’.
“I understand it might perhaps to find a exiguous longer nonetheless it might perhaps grow and attain inspire to normality.”
Perceive the paunchy interview with the Spurs supervisor on Football Focus, Saturday 15 February at 12:00 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.