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Tottenham coach José Mourinho admits that he is living “a different reality” than Pep Guardiola, because Manchester City is a club that wants to win everything.
Winner of series trophies with teams like Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Mourinho has yet to present the trophies to Spurs.
They could end the wait for the EFL Cup final in April, for which there will be a kind of dress rehearsal on Saturday when Tottenham take on City at the Etihad Stadium.
But it is City, which have faced accusations from rival fans of being wasteful, that will enter both games as favorites.
When asked about the hundreds of millions of pounds that Guardiola at City and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool have lavished just on defensive players, to get to where they are today, Mourinho’s “luck” verdict was the message of a technician who has been trusted. with similar wealth before.
“They are in clubs that want to win everything and to win everything you need to have the best players in each position,” Mourinho said.
“A team is a puzzle. If Pep thought at a certain point that he needed to spend that money on defenders, then he needed to, and Jurgen felt the same with [Virgil] Van Dijk, and when Van Dijk was not enough because he was feeling another fragility, they got Alisson.
“I think that is something that the big clubs with incredible financial possibilities do. Lucky, good for them. “
– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 12, 2021
Prudence is more Tottenham style, and while they have signed players like Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon and Sergio Reguilon in the last year, City and Liverpool, along with United, have been more likely to target the best available talent.
“When I came to the club, the club was very open and very honest with me,” Mourinho said.
“I knew I was going to come to a different reality. A great club, certainly for a second, but a club with a different profile as to whether or not they are candidates to win competition A or B, a club capable of solving problems with a check.
“The club made the possible effort in the summer to improve the team and I am not complaining about anything. I just do my job to the best of my ability. “
Guardiola and Klopp have built teams that have combined winning form with offensive verve, and Mourinho would love to lead both to Tottenham, but that seems like a distant dream for a team that has lost four of its last five games to slide down the Premier table. League. and fall out of the FA Cup.
Since Mourinho joined Tottenham in November 2019, he has won both of his Premier League games against City, albeit at home advantage each time.
Against a City team that have won their last 15 matches, including 10 in a row in the Premier League, they risk becoming the latest victims of Guardiola’s exceptional band of players.
However, if Tottenham are surprised and take the points, it means they have beaten both Manchester clubs away from home in a top flight season for the first time since 1959-60, after taking a surprising 6-1 win. at United in October.
The last team to beat both United and City in a single Premier League season was Liverpool in 2008-09, while the last London team to do so was Arsenal in the Gunners’ title campaign. 1990-91.
Meanwhile, Mourinho defended Tottenham’s decision to sell a variety of products that will mark the next appearance in the EFL Cup final.
Even some Tottenham fans have scoffed at the move, suggesting that reaching a final is not a sufficient achievement to justify the sale of such assets.
But Mourinho said: “We have empty stadiums, an incredible stadium that is always empty.
“How many millions does Tottenham lose in every game we play at home? How many million does Tottenham lose per month? We have to earn money. “