Mourinho targets UEL hat-trick despite ‘crazy’ Tottenham schedule
Jose Mourinho is targeting a Europa League hat-trick, however cautioned it will not be easy for his Tottenham side to leave the group amid “completely insane fixture congestion”.
Spurs start their European campaign correct in earnest with a see from Austrians LASK after coming through three gruelling certifying rounds.
Mourinho has already won the Europa League with Porto (when it was the Uefa Cup) and Manchester United, and wants to sign up with Giovanni Trapattoni and Unai Emery by winning Uefa’s secondary club competitors three times.
” We’re going to try [to win it],” the Spurs employer said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times we handled to win it. So the record is excellent, never ever knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase, however handled always to win it.
” It is challenging. It is a long competitors, the group stage is difficult, then you go to the knockouts and you get teams originating from the Champions League, which is extremely unjust.”
Spurs are firm favourites to certify from a group likewise including Ludogorets and Belgian side Royal Antwerp, however Mourinho is cautious of overconfidence.
” We have to make sure that the statistics don’t make us believe it’s done,” he said. “We need nine, 10, 11 indicate make it. We will have 2 matches in December in the midst of crazy component congestion.
” We have to make certain that we start in a positive way, getting points and qualifying. The group is extremely compact. Belgium groups are never ever easy, LASK is extremely hard to bet. Ludogorets are not going to be simple. So, first of all let’s qualify and then let’s see after.”
Mourinho will lack centre-backs Eric Dier (hamstring), Japhet Tanganga (thigh) and Joe Rodon (disqualified), so Davinson Sanchez will start, in spite of scoring an own goal in Sunday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham.
” This is my fourth season here,” Sanchez said. “As a player I believe [I’ve got] better. I wish to give whatever to keep improving myself.”