Jose Mourinho has challenged Tottenham to safe a spot in subsequent season’s Europa League – after which win the competitors.
Spurs got here from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday, which noticed Mourinho’s males transfer above their north London rivals into eighth place within the Premier League.
The Gunners took the lead by way of a rocket from Alexandre Lacazette after 16 minutes, however that strike was shortly cancelled out by Heung-min Son after he capitalised on a misplaced Sead Kolasinac again cross.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the crossbar within the second half, earlier than Toby Alderweireld headed within the winner 9 minutes from time.
Tottenham are three factors behind sixth-placed Wolves, nonetheless, seventh might be sufficient to safe Europa League soccer subsequent time period – if Man City’s two-year ban from European soccer is upheld on Monday.
Mourinho, who has received the Europa League with Porto and Manchester United, stated: “I’d like to play Europa League.
“It’s not a contest I’m in love with, it’s not a contest that I like very, very a lot to play, however if you can’t play the Champions League, you play the Europa League.
“In my profession I’ve solely performed the Europa League twice and I’ve received it twice.
“It could not be dangerous to play a 3rd time and win it a 3rd time. Now we have to struggle till the top to complete in a Europa League place.
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“Should you ask [six-time Formula One world champion] Lewis Hamilton if he desires to win System Two, I don’t assume it is going to be an awesome deal for him, however it’s a competitors and I favor to play Europa League than to not play.
“I feel it’s a title Tottenham would clearly get. I feel we must always do every part doable to play Europa League subsequent season and we’ve to struggle for that.”