Jose Mourinho

Talk of Spurs title challenge shouldn’t be laughed off says Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Tottenham, his team’s next opponents, could produce a serious title challenge with their team.

STOKE D’ARBERNON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 27, 2015) (REUTERS) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday (November 27) that Tottenham Hotspur have a team capable of challenging for the Premier League table as the two sides meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday (November 29).

“When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me. If they tell – I never listen that – but if they tell, players or manager, if they tell they are fighting for the title I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. Manager is good, players are good. Good stability, playing well, I think really, really a very good team,” he said.

Spurs are fifth in the league, only four points behind league leaders Leicester City, and remain undefeated at home in the league.

Chelsea have lost three out of their last four league games and find themselves 15th in the table.

Mourinho said the team’s position in the table will not change their approach to matches very much.

“Well I prefer to say that we have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title. I prefer to go in that direction. But the reality is that we need points the same way we needed them last season when we were top of the table and almost champion and fighting to be champion. At this moment we are far from even the European positions and we have to play every game with ambition and determination because every point in the end of the season can make a difference. We’ve lost so many points already, that now we have to fight for every point even more,” he said.

The Portuguese manager said he wasn’t focusing on the mid-season transfer window to reinforce his strikeforce.

“Look we are in November and we are all focused on doing our job the best we can. We are not speaking about players about buying or spending we are just thinking about what we can do now, and now the only thing we can do until the last day in December is to try to get the maximum points possible and try to arrive in the end of December, half season played, and try to be in the position where we can smell the top part of the league. And we can believe that in the second part of the season, we will be able to reach the top positions,” he said.

Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the match after being stretchered off during the 4-0 Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Mourinho offered a vote of confidence in the central defensive pairing of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma should Terry fail to make it.

“It’s important but to be fair I have completely trust in (Gary) Cahill and (Kurt) Zouma. That’s why in a fundamental match for us last Tuesday I left Zouma out after good performances he was having, to play Gary and to show Gary that confidence. So they are ready, they are ready. I am not saying (Papiss) Djilobodji is ready because he didn’t have chances to play. This is a different situation. But Zouma and Gary they are both ready and if John (Terry) doesn’t play we go with Zouma and Gary,” he said.