Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said he believes finishing in the top four with this Tottenham team will be a greater achievement than finishing as runner-up with Manchester United in the 2017-18 season.
Mourinho had previously said that the season with United was the greatest of his career because “people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”
However, he has faced a crisis with his forwards this season with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min facing extended periods on the sidelines with injury.
When asked at a news conference on Friday if top four success would top his 2018 achievement, Mourinho replied: “In these circumstances? Yes.
“Son and Harry score the majority of goals that Tottenham score. This season was so negatively special that we are going to be without them both at the same time and for a lot of matches so yes [it will be a great achievement].
“Not just for me. Not my achievement. Collectively for the team. For the boys, if we manage in fourth without Harry and Son will be something incredible. It will be an incredible achievement for the boys so we have to give everything we have.”
Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea but the former Blues manager has played down the occasion.
“Not special. One more game,” Mourinho said. “As I told my previous club, I belong 200% to the club. The only difference would be at the end of the game I could walk from the stadium to my house. But even that I would not take advantage of because I will come back here for my players.”