Spurs: Mourinho provides Kane fitness update
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho won’t resign because he views his relationship with the club to be ‘long term’, according to reports. The 58-year-old has come under mounting pressure in recent weeks. However, Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsberger has now lifted the mood around the club.
Tottenham headed into the first leg of their Europa League tie with Wolfsberger looking to end their recent bad run of form.
Back-to-back defeats against Everton and Manchester City had casted a cloud around the club but, on Thursday, they returned to winning ways.
It was a fine performance from Spurs, who won courtesy of goals from Son Heung-Min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius.
And The Athletic say that, at the current moment in time, Mourinho has no intentions of putting his job.
It’s claimed he views his relationship with the club to be ‘long term’ and is more than happy to stay and fight to turn things around.
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Tottenham, in the background, reportedly have interest in Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.
But they won’t be axing Mourinho because, simply put, it would be too expensive.
It would take a compensation fee in the region of £30million to part ways with the Portuguese, who has been in charge ever since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in October 2019.
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And with Tottenham through to the final of the Carabao Cup, and still in contention for Europa League glory, it seems as though Mourinho will be around for a little while longer.
Meanwhile, speaking to the club’s official website, Mourinho expressed his delight with the result against Wolfsberger.
“A positive result was not enough, a draw with goals, not the point, we had to come and win, to play with ambition, which we did,” he said.
“The result at half-time, 3-0, is short, it should be more.
“They changed their system at half-time I think in a clever way to try to be more solid and try not to concede a bigger result, which they were successful in doing.
“In the second half we made the mistake that gave them life, similarities with Everton, you are in control, make a mistake, you give life and then the game can change. Here, it didn’t change, but 3-2 was not far from happening.
“Then again, good control of the game, lots of chances in lots of situations, the result could be different, and I believe the last goal put almost a period on this tie, because 4-1 away is a very good result.”
Mourinho also opened up on his decision to withdraw Bale.
“One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 64 was to try to have him available for the next match,” Mourinho said.
“By taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs. I know the match is Sunday at 12 o’clock but I believe he has a chance to play the match.
“For him it was important to play and not to play the 90 minutes.”
Tottenham are next in action against West Ham on Sunday.
And they’ll be looking to avoid a repeat of what happened earlier in the season, with the two teams drawing 3-3.
Tottenham were in pole position to win, racing into a three-goal lead.
But Manuel Lanzini struck at the death to give the Hammers a point.
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