Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four Premier League end is not going to be over in the event that they fail to beat Everton on Friday.
Sunday’s 3-1 residence defeat to Manchester United left Spurs in seventh, six factors adrift of fourth-placed West Ham.
That outcome meant Tottenham have dropped 18 factors from profitable positions within the Premier League this season, with solely Brighton and Hove Albion (20) dropping extra.
They are going to hope to bounce again from that disappointment in opposition to an Everton facet who’re additionally within the hunt for a Champions League qualification spot, with Carlo Ancelotti’s males only a level and a spot behind Spurs, having performed a sport much less.
Mourinho acknowledged it is a crucial sport for either side, however the Portuguese believes there may be ample time for Spurs to claw their approach again into top-four rivalry if they don’t return to London with all three factors.
“We’re very shut, however there are extra golf equipment round, with a number of extra factors, some others with a number of much less,” he mentioned.
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“With greater than 20 factors on the desk, it’s nonetheless open. The winner will get the factors and stops the loser.
“Understandably, I don’t assume something goes to be determined but when one of many two groups wins and will get a bonus that may be necessary within the direct duel, not in relation to all of the others round.
“This match is essential as the space between the 2 groups may be very brief. After all, they’ve one match in hand.
“The gap is brief. They’ve related aims. They’re going to battle with us to attempt to get the absolute best place and see if we and them can get a European place. It’s an necessary match.”
Tottenham are unbeaten of their final seven away league video games in opposition to Everton (W3 D4), whereas the Toffees have received simply certainly one of their final eight Premier League residence video games (D2 L5).
Regardless of this, Mourinho is nicely conscious of the risk they pose to his facet.
“They’re going in the correct path,” he added. “They’ve bought a giant coach; probably the greatest on the earth. They’ve bought necessary gamers and so they’ve bought an excellent squad. It’s just the start for them.
“After all, this Everton is totally different from earlier seasons. No one higher than Carlo. I see an excellent future. They’ve the whole lot. They didn’t play in Europe, they’d full weeks to work and develop.
“They’ll play in numerous methods. They’ve expertise in assault. High quality in midfield. Physicality behind. They’ve a tactical tradition. They’ve an excellent mixture.”