Mourinho: "I will not say that we are competing for fourth place."

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Mourinho:  "I will not say that we are competing for fourth place."

He does it all the time. And it works. Rule the situation. Especially when he wins, so Jose Mourinho used the good mood after the latest victory of Tottenham to encourage journalists, and Mourinho considers them as a negative towards his team.

In this case, the BT sports reporter, who reminded the Portuguese after the triumph over Fulham that the first two tied victories of the Spurs since November are the minimum result at Craven Cottage and Sunday's 4-0 over Burnley.

"You only know about the negative statistics. All statistical parameters of this type are known to you. That's why I challenge you: do you know how many games Tottenham won away from home in the season before I arrived?" "And do you know how many times we won away on the bench with me? Don't know the answer? "Can I go then?" Mourinho said cynically.

Not by accident. Special knows very well what and when it should be aired. This time, the numbers are in his favor, because in the final 12 months of Mauricio Pochettino's term, Tottenham celebrated only four times in the Premier League outside White Hart Lane, while Jose doubled that number: eight triumphs on the side in a year and three months.

Champions League race

Currently, his team is eighth on the table, five steps behind city rival Chelsea, which holds the last ticket to the Champions League next season. "I will not say that we are competing for fourth place.

I'm just saying that we're competing to win the next game. We are moving in that direction, and after that, we are interested in the Europa League." "It's the knockout phase, we want a place in the quarterfinals.

Of course, good results help." "People change in different ways, let us see what we can do." It was only 1: 0 against Fulham, and it could have been 3: 0. Although, the host also had the opportunity to equalize, which is why the Tottenham coach especially praises his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

"It was a difficult match. Fulham played really well. They don't score many goals, but they don't receive them also." "We had a chance to solve the match earlier. We didn't succeed in that and then the game became very similar to the ones we played before.

Fortunately, Hugo Lloris is the best French goalkeeper and he showed that with several excellent saves", Jose Mourinho concluded.