Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are “smelling the opportunity” to entire within the Champions League spots nonetheless feels there could be broad competition from as a minimum five diversified teams for a fourth-mumble finish.
Tottenham face Aston Villa within the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four capabilities at the support of fourth-positioned Chelsea after a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in their final league day out sooner than the cold weather ruin.
Speaking to BBC One’s Soccer Focus, Mourinho mentioned: “Initially, I look way more golf equipment then of us judge.
“Once in a whereas it seems to be love, resulting from Chelsea are the fourth and rarely Tottenham is in fifth and Manchester United are the sixth, we are smelling the opportunity.”
Spurs are for the time being in sixth mumble within the table and can leapfrog Sheffield United into fifth with a snatch at Villa Park at the weekend.
“I judge of us neglect there are broad contenders,” the Spurs boss added. “Wolves, Sheffield United, Man United – even Arsenal – so it be now not appropriate about what’s the gap between us and Chelsea.”
Tottenham appointed used Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho as supervisor in November following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino when they hold been 11 capabilities adrift of the pinnacle four, with an infamous purpose distinction to then fourth-positioned Manchester City.
Mourinho changed into speaking sooner than City’s two-year ban from European competition, which has ended in suggestions a top-five keep of abode could well well now gain Champions League qualification.
“With that gap, it changed into going to very refined,” Mourinho added. “This distinction of capabilities permits the others in an effort to gain mistakes and they peaceable relieve a legitimate misfortune.
“In our case mistakes, especially from now, mistakes will relieve us away from that. It is a broad gap nonetheless we’re going to be there.”
‘FA Cup is originate to needs’
Tottenham are peaceable seeking a trophy this season after a dramatic FA Cup fourth-spherical replay snatch over Southampton.
Son Heung-min’s slack penalty space up a fifth-spherical home tie against Norwich City on Wednesday, 4 March.
“I judge a trophy is what every club wants,” Mourinho instructed Soccer Focus. “I judge the FA Cup is a contest that is originate to needs.
“Even teams that are now not within the pinnacle four, they are able to dream when they’re within the draws resulting from it be a knockout.
“Again, with the draws, the pinnacle teams are all there – they never play against every diversified in a mode, so it seems to be to me the pinnacle eight or the pinnacle four, within the final, the pinnacle teams will be there.”
Injuries to the likes of England captain Harry Kane hold seen Tottenham’s squad stretched because the club furthermore seems to be for fulfillment within the final 16 of the Champions League against German facet RB Leipzig.
“It could well well well be refined resulting from we are in three competitions and we fabricate now not hold a squad for that resulting from we hold so many injuries,” acknowledged Mourinho.
“Our squad would now not mumble the corpulent doable that it has by shedding gamers until the tip of the season.
“The buildup of fits, which I private is going to pay a tag nonetheless again, we gain a broad effort to be where we are and I judge this implies that we are ready for the battle.”
‘The barber changed into sinful’
A broad topic of dialog on social media this week changed into now not associated to matters on the pitch for Mourinho – nonetheless his new hairstyle.
The Portuguese boss explained his shut prick wasn’t intentional.
“The cause at the support of the haircut is the barber changed into sinful!” Mourinho joked.
“He did a sinful job and when I checked out myself within the replicate, I checked out him and mentioned ‘attain on, bring out the one and shave it’.
“I perceive it could well possibly snatch a exiguous longer nonetheless it could well possibly develop and attain support to normality.”
Peep the corpulent interview with the Spurs supervisor on Soccer Focus, Saturday 15 February at 12: 00 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.