Since his success with Porto, when he brought Porto to the European throne in 2004, Jose Mourinho has left trophies behind him in every clubt as a confirmation of good work. In the moments of his retirement, the showcases of Chelsea, Inter, Real and Manchester United were richer by several cups each.
After arriving in Tottenham, the Portuguese faced the biggest challenge, to continue with Tottenham, who last stood on the podium in the Carling Cup in 2008. However, what seemed like an impossible mission in November last year is much closer to reality today, so the London club welcomes the two challenges this week as tests that will tell whether Mourinho's company has the fabric to finally shut the mouths of everyone who enjoys the fact that decades ago, this club did not win any prestigious trophy.
The first of two challenges for Tottenham is the match of the 5th round of the Europa League against LASK (Thursday, 18.55), and the visit to Linz, in addition to being a ticket for the 1/16 final of the international competition, will be an overture to the second test - the London derby against Arsenal.
Sunday at 5.30 pm. With the victory over the Austrian representative, Tottenham would secure a place in the next round and return to the winning track from which they deviated with a draw against Chelsea (0: 0). The second London derby in a week will be a new big challenge for Tottenham, who after ten rounds of the Premier League share the leading position with Liverpool with the effect of six wins, three draws, and a defeat.
Although Tottenham opened the domestic championship phenomenally, Mourinho still sees his team as a "pony" in the race for the Premier League throne, while he gives the club a much better chance on the international scene.
"We are in the race for the Europa League and we are one of the main horses. I have to admit that. English teams in the Europa League have important roles, but the dynamics of the competition are changed by joining third-placed clubs in the Champions League group stage."
"It's something I've never been with. "I agree, but that's the way it is. Instead of going home, they are moving to the Europa League," Mourinho said before the duel with LASK. A bad circumstance in the next match for the Portuguese will be the absence of Harry Kane, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius, and Eric Lamela, who were not seen at the training in Linz, and Mourinho confirmed that they were absent due to injuries.
"I don't believe there is a chance that Lamela will recover by the weekend, while there is hope for Kane, Vinicius, and Reguilon." Kane played all 90 minutes in the draw between Tottenham and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and the absence from the list of available fplayers for the Europa League duel surprised the public.
However, Mourinho did not want to talk about the details of the health condition of the English center forward. "I'm not going to tell you the nature of Kane's injury. I think there is a good chance he will play on Sunday.
I don't want to lie or hide anything about whether he will play or not. My feeling is that he will be ready for Arsenal." Personnel problems have raised the issue of Dele Ali and Gareth Bale again. The Portuguese strategist once again denied that he had disagreements with Ali, and then referred to the status of Bale, who has been the starter in only one match since his arrival from Real.
"I have no problem with any player. Player status is not a consequence of a personal relationship, although they are happy when they play. When it comes to Bale, the only problem is the self-confidence he lacks to play well in a row."