Jose Mourinho says his Tottenham facet are amongst on the least five clubs “smelling the opportunity” to compose in the Champions League spots.
Spurs, who face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, are sixth in the desk, four elements on the lend a hand of fourth-positioned Chelsea after a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in their final league time out sooner than the iciness ruin.
Talking to BBC One’s Football Focal point, Mourinho talked about: “First of all, I scrutinize a long way more clubs than of us think.
“Usually it looks fancy, because Chelsea are the fourth and each now and then Tottenham is in fifth and Manchester United are the sixth, we’re smelling the opportunity.
“I feel of us neglect there are big contenders – Wolves, Sheffield United, Manchester United, even Arsenal, so it is now not shining about what’s the space between us and Chelsea.”
Tottenham appointed feeble Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho as supervisor in November following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino after they were 11 elements adrift of the quit four, with an evil plot distinction to then fourth-positioned Manchester City.
Mourinho used to be speaking sooner than City’s two-365 days ban from European rivals, which has ended in solutions a top-five state may possibly perhaps possibly now stable Champions League qualification.
“With that gap, it used to be going to very complicated,” Mourinho added. “This distinction of issues enables the others as a skill to create mistakes and they aloof reduction a legitimate issue.
“In our case mistakes, in particular from now, mistakes will reduction us away from that. Or now not it is a huge gap however we’re going to be there.”
‘FA Cup is delivery to dreams’
Tottenham are aloof in the hunt for a trophy this season after a dramatic FA Cup fourth-round replay handle over Southampton.
Son Heung-min’s late penalty dwelling up a fifth-round dwelling tie against Norwich City on Wednesday, 4 March.
“I feel a trophy is what every membership wants,” Mourinho told Football Focal point. “I feel the FA Cup is a rivals that is delivery to dreams.
“Even teams which would possibly possibly perhaps possibly be now not in the quit four, they’ll dream after they are in the attracts because it is a knockout.
“Any other time, with the attracts, the quit teams are all there – they by no manner play against every other in a manner, so it looks to me the quit eight or the quit four, in the final, the quit teams will probably be there.”
Accidents to the likes of England captain Harry Kane absorb seen Tottenham’s squad stretched because the membership also looks for success in the final 16 of the Champions League against German facet RB Leipzig.
“Or now not it’ll be complicated because we’re in three competitions and we originate now not absorb a squad for that because now we absorb so many accidents,” acknowledged Mourinho.
“Our squad doesn’t repeat the plump doable that it has by shedding players unless the quit of the season.
“The buildup of fits, which I agree with goes to pay a heed however again, we create a huge effort to be the build apart we’re and I feel this model that we’re ready for the battle.”
‘The barber used to be horrible’
A big topic of dialog on social media this week used to be now not linked to issues on the pitch for Mourinho – however his new coiffure.
The Portuguese boss explained his stop gash wasn’t intentional.
“The rationale on the lend a hand of the haircut is the barber used to be horrible!” Mourinho joked.
“He did a horrible job and after I regarded at myself in the replicate, I regarded at him and talked about ‘attain on, perform the one and shave it’.
“I heed it’ll capture rather longer however it no doubt will grow and attain lend a hand to normality.”
Glimpse the plump interview with the Spurs supervisor on Football Focal point, Saturday 15 February at 12: 00 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.