English Premiership

Mourinho backs Spurs for top-4 Premier League finish

2019-12-13 17:55
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

London - Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho believes his side will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Spurs' chances of a fourth successive finish in the Champions League qualification places looked a lost cause when the Portuguese took charge last month with the club 12 points behind Chelsea.

That gap has been cut to six following three wins from four under Mourinho, with a game against Frank Lampard's side to come next week.

They will hope to make further inroads against Wolves on Sunday in a bid to get back to where Mourinho says they belong.

"We know where we belong, Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. "We don't belong to the second part of the table where we were, we don't even belong to position seven or eight where we are in this moment.

"We know where we belong and we believe at the end of the season we are going to be there."

Mourinho said he needed time but the squad had the "talent and desire" to improve.

The 56-year-old has had a hectic start to life at Spurs, with six games in 21 days, and he has been unable to put the hours in with this squad to fully implement his ideas.

The fixture schedule eases slightly in January and the Portuguese intends to be on the training ground rather than trying to sign new players.

"I want to work," he said. "I'm going to have time to work, which until now I don't have.

"I complain every day with my staff, the frustration of I want to do a certain kind of training. I just can't do it. It's frustrating. I love pre-season to work. I don't have."

Mourinho got a first real look at some of his fringe players in the Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Ryan Sessegnon, Kyle Walker-Peters, Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth all started for the first time under him.

Sessegnon scored and did well while Mourinho singled Foyth out for praise but neither of those players will be in the starting line-up at Molineux.

 

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020
West Ham United v Liverpool, London Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 01 February 2020
Leicester City v Chelsea, King Power Stadium 14:30
Liverpool v Southampton, Anfield 17:00
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion, London Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United, Selhurst Park 17:00
Newcastle United v Norwich City, St. James' Park 17:00
Watford v Everton, Vicarage Road 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa, Vitality Stadium 17:00
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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 18:30
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