'Two more victories to win the Europa League' - Mourinho reveals Spurs mind games
The match against Leicester on Sunday comes with added spice, given the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are battling to keep a grip on a top-four place.
Seventh position, which Spurs occupy, could yet prove to be enough for a Europa League spot.
Mourinho said: "In quite a funny way I am telling the players, two more victories to win the Europa League.
"I know it's not like that, the competition is long with good teams. Some teams go from Champions League to Europa League which makes it really difficult, but it's just a feeling to motivate the boys.
"Our level is Champions League. The players have played a Champions League final. That's the level of our club.
"I'm just trying to motivate the troops, because it's important to keep that motivation. It's not possible that Wolves, Sheffield United and Arsenal have more motivation than us. To play Europa League is good – you can play and develop players. I think we have to try."
He added: "Football is not about what you deserve, it's about what we get. We need to win these two matches."
However, a spate of injuries, affecting the likes of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris,and mediocre form made that too much to hope for. Dele Alli will miss the Leicester game due to injury, Mourinho confirmed.
"It's not possible now, mathematically it's impossible. We know that for us now it will be a fight until the end to get a Europa League position," Mourinhosaid.
"We are sure that without the problems we had during all of the season, we would be of course in a much different situation. But that was our season, since Hugo's big injury at Brighton, then everything that happened.
"I arrived mid-season, impossible to be better than what it is. We need points to finish in the position that gives us Europa League next season."
Tottenham have won three Premier League home games in a row and a fourth would be a huge boon, as well as a record at their new home.
Source : goal.com
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