Jose's five-point preview - Chelsea
Sat 28 November 2020, 11:01|Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho’s views on our huge Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (4.30pm).
1 - Team news
Hugo Lloris, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso were all absent from Thursday night’s Europa League win against Ludogorets - were they likely to be fit for Sunday?
Jose: “I want to believe, yes. We could push, but we didn’t want to risk. If I wanted to push, if I wanted to risk a little, they would do it, but 12 players on the bench (in Europe) gives you space for everything, even to have a 16-year-old kid in there and give him a chance to make history with Tottenham. With 12 (on the bench), Aurier right-back, Reguilon left-back, Dier centre-back, Sissoko midfield, you have players in every position.”
2 - Back to the Bridge
Jose was asked what it was like going back to Stamford Bridge, where he had so much success as Chelsea manager...
Jose: “It’s another game for me, another game. No problem at all.”
3 - 'We go to win'
Jose was asked if there was any extra pressure going into this weekend top of the Premier League, and if we and Chelsea could continue to challenge Liverpool and City...
Jose: “Maybe we don’t go there top, maybe Liverpool get a point or a victory at Brighton (on Saturday) and then we don’t go there top of the league, so we don’t know. Going there top or Liverpool top doesn’t change anything for us. As I’ve said since the beginning of the season, we are only contenders to win the next match, nothing more. So, we are going to be there, three possible results, we know anything could happen, but we go there and our objective is to win the game.”
4 - On Chelsea
Speaking to Spurs TV, Jose was asked what he expected from Chelsea on Sunday...
Jose: “It’s always difficult to play Chelsea. If I’m not wrong, the last 16 years they won the Premier League five times, and they didn’t finish in the Champions League positions only once, so this is a team that is used to playing for titles, lots of players, big investments, great squad. They have an amazing squad, so I’m not even worried about who is going to play, because they only have very good players.”
5 - Approach
What will we have to do to go to Chelsea and win?
Jose: “Score more goals than them! We go to win, like we always do. Against Manchester City, we went to win. It’s going to be difficult, but, not easy for them.”