Mourinho points warning to Tottenham stars forward of festive fixtures
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has warned his prime gamers they’re in for a gruelling Christmas interval.
Spurs are about to embark on a run of seven fixtures in 21 days, which might have an enormous say on whether or not they are going to stay as Premier League title contenders.
They begin at Crystal Palace on Sunday earlier than video games with Liverpool, Leicester, Wolves, Fulham and Leeds, with a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Stoke sandwiched in between.
Mourinho has been used to juggling his squad to this point this season as they’ve been in Europa League motion and can achieve this once more, however says his star males such Harry Kane and Son Heung-min should play a lot of the matches.
“Now’s the buildup of matches within the Premier League that, to be sincere, are harder than the Europa League matches as a result of the standard of the groups is increased within the Premier League,” the Portuguese mentioned.
“We even have a quarter-final to play at Stoke and Stoke is doing so, so properly within the Championship.
“So many matches. Do we have to make rotations? After all we have to. It’s not possible for a participant to play all these matches in a brief time period, in fact we have to do it and now we have to do it however on the similar time there are gamers which can be actually, actually distinctive.
“And with some distinctive gamers despite the truth that the squad is excellent now we have to attempt to give them probably the most minutes attainable as a result of they’ll make a distinction.”
Mourinho has acquired outcomes towards Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Arsenal in latest weeks by sitting in when obligatory and hitting their opponents on the break.
That’s unlikely to be the case at Selhurst Park on Sunday towards a Palace facet who shall be tough to interrupt down, however Mourinho says his facet can draw on wins at Burnley and West Brom earlier this season.
“Palace defend however Palace assault,” he mentioned. “Palace they’ve despite I didn’t analyse them but with element, however I can say that sure they defend, sure they defend with a lot of folks and skilled folks however they’ve high quality in assault, organised assault, counter-attack and set-pieces so they’re a group that may threaten in a lot of totally different conditions.
“So the sport goes to be globally tough. However with out evaluating opponents due to course Palace is in one other dimension, however West Brom, Burnley had been very tough matches for us however we managed to win these matches.”
These outcomes towards Metropolis and Chelsea in addition to wins over Brighton and the Baggies helped earn Mourinho supervisor of the month for November.
“For me it isn’t supervisor of the month, it’s group of the month,” he mentioned. “It’s about us as a group, the outcomes we had in November.
“It isn’t about me it’s in regards to the group and if it was about me it must be the teaching employees of the month as a result of with out the opposite guys it will not be attainable.
“This sort of factor I by no means really feel it as a person award, I at all times really feel that it belongs to the group and the outcomes we did.
“If we don’t have three victories and one draw at Stamford Bridge in November, for positive we wouldn’t have any likelihood to win it. It’s in regards to the group.”
Spurs hope to have Serge Aurier again for the journey throughout the capital after he missed Thursday’s Europa League win over Royal Antwerp with a knock.
In the meantime, midfielder Harvey White has signed a brand new contract till 2024.
The 19-year-old, who was promoted to the primary group by Mourinho, made his senior debut within the Europa League recreation with Ludogorets final month.
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