Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Jose Mourinho has said his side would have finished in the Premier League top four “without problems” had the season been a “couple of matches” longer.
Since resumption from the COVID-19 break, Spurs have been on good form, recording five wins, two draws and one loss in their last seven games to climb to seventh in the table and within reach of a spot in next season’s Europa League.
With just game to go, five points separate them from fourth-placed Chelsea, but Mourinho is confident that his side’s momentum would have seen them close that gap had there been more games remaining.
Speaking with the club’s website, the former Manchester United manager, said he is looking at the global picture with no injury worries in the team at the moment.
“If I take the focus a little bit away and I look to the global picture. “I look at it with the feeling that we should have a couple more matches to play, because the team is in a good moment, it’s strong, has no injuries.
“And my feeling is in normal conditions we would fill top four without problems, and probably we didn’t need much more than a couple more matches to do that.”
Spur’s gradual improvement under Mourinho
Tottenham mauled Leicester City 3-0 in their penultimate game of the Premier League game and they are aiming for the sixth spot at least to secure a Europa League spot. If Arsenal fails to win the FA Cup, the slot will go to their North London rivals that is likely to finish 7th.
Since he took over from Mauricio Pochettino in November, Spurs moved from 14th in the table 12 matches into the season to their present position despite dealing with injuries to key players, including captain Harry Kane.
All thanks to the coronavirus break that helped the English captain to return into the tea,m after sustaining a knee injury against Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Spurs now head for Crystal Palace with the hope of securing maximum points while Chelsea helps them to defeat Wolves and be guaranteed of a Europa League place no matter the outcome of Arsenal and Chelsea FA Cup final.
Chelsea, who need a point to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
“The way the season started, with all the problems that we had, it was really hard to better than what we are doing, but we can look after that and say lots of positives for next season.
“When we are all ready, we can be a very strong team. When we have certain principles of play very automatic, we can have a very, very strong competitive base and we look forward to next season”, Mourinho said.