Jose Mourinho took over Mauricio Pochettino’s job as Tottenham Hotspur manager last season. The club and the fans expected big things from the Portuguese manager this season as this was going to be his first proper season with the Lily Whites. However, after a brilliant start to the season where they saw themselves at the top of the table, they have yet again let the title slip away from their grasps. In fact, they have really fallen down since December and they sit in 8th position, having only won two games of their last five. Mourinho did not blame the slump on anyone but he did say that the top clubs have a financial advantage that helps them secure titles.
The North London side are to face the League leaders this weekend and the Portuguese manager has admitted that Spurs cannot match the spending capacity of Manchester City. This of course insinuates that the blue club from Manchester has an advantage over the London side due to the amount of money they can spend but Mourinho cleared the air by saying that it is “good for them” that they can afford to have the very best at their club.
In a pre-match press conference, Mourinho said,
“You know, I think that’s a thing that the big clubs with incredible economical possibilities, they do it. Lucky them, good for them.”
He of course added praises to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, calling them two of the best coaches in the world. However, he also feels that both of them had the financial benefits that Tottenham cannot provide him. Mourinho gave examples of Virgil Van Djik saying that although the Reds had a brilliant center back such as the Dutchman, they still went ahead and bought Alisson as it would completely solidify their defense. He added,
They are in two clubs that want to win everything, they want to win everything, and to win everything, you need to have top players in every position,”
The three-time Premier League-winning manager does not lament the fact that Spurs cannot afford the same player, in fact, he accepts the current situation. He said that when he entered the club, the board was very open with him about their situation and thus he chooses to accept the reality. Mourinho went on to say that Spurs by no means is a smaller club than City or Liverpool but that they have very different financial situations which affect their chances of winning trophies.
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