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Jose Mourinho thinks the race for the Champions League is still open as he prepares to take Tottenham to Everton

Jose Mourinho thinks the race for the Champions League is still open as he prepares to take Tottenham to Everton

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Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham travel to Everton tomorrow evening, for the first game of this weekend’s Premier League fixture list.

Both sides are still in the fight for the European places, with Spurs in 7th, one place and two points clear of their hosts.

Speaking on the race for Europe in his press conference today, Mourinho reminded fans that there remains more than 20 points to play for, albeit whilst reiterating the importance of tomorrow’s game.

“We’re very close to each other, but there are more clubs around us. There are some clubs with a few more points, some others wit a few less, but with still more than 20 points (to play for), I think it’s still open.”

“Of course, it’s the kind of match where the winner get the points and stops the loser from getting them. If you draw you stay more of less in the same position. So understandably I don’t think anything will be decided in there. But of course, if one of the two team wind and gets an advantage, that can be important in the direct duel, not in relation to all the others that are around.” 

In terms of squad news, he confirmed that both Ben Davies and Matt Doherty are unavailable for Friday’s game.

“Matt Doherty did the warm-up with us. He did the warm-up with the group and then went to sports science for individual work. So he’s not ready for tomorrow, but he’s coming.” 

“Ben Davies is not even close to that. I would say that after 51 matches or so (this season), to arrive in this sort of situation with only two injured that we cannot complain because the work has been good and the squad as a whole is in a good situation.” 

Son Loved

Jose Mourinho thinks the race for the Champions League is still open as he prepares to take Tottenham to Everton

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (R) celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min (L) after scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)Jose Mourinho also spoke about Son Heung-min after the star suffered racial abuse last week after the club were beaten by Manchester United.

Mourinho was also drawn on the subject of the recent online abuse directed at Heung-min Son.

And the Portuguese went on to assure that the attacker is “loved here. Loved at home. I believe he got the support that is needed here and at home so I think is fine.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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