Jose Mourinho in defiant message ahead of RB Leipzig tie

‘I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club’: Jose Mourinho in defiant message as Spurs boss backs himself to deliver silverware despite poor run of form and injury setbacks

  • Jose Mourinho has vowed to bring silverware back to Tottenham Hotspur 
  • Spurs are unlikely to win any trophies come the end of the current season 
  • They face RB Leipzig on Tuesday with the odds heavily stacked against them
  • Mourinho believes he is the man to deliver success at the north London club 

Jose Mourinho has vowed to be the man who brings silverware back to Tottenham despite another injury setback which has forced him to rule out Steven Bergwijn for the rest of the season.

Bergwijn, a £26million signing from PSV Eindhoven in January, damaged ankle ligaments at Burnley on Saturday.

His absence will be keenly felt as Spurs attempt to turn around a one-goal deficit in Leipzig in the Champions League, their final hope of a trophy this season.

Jose Mourinho has defiantly backed himself to deliver silverware at Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs were rocked on Monday with Steven Bergwijn the latest casualty on the injury list

‘Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware,’ said Mourinho, who arrived at the club in November and signed a contract until 2023. ‘I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.

‘I am here for three or four months. I get the team in very difficult situation and now it is even more difficult but I believe in me, I believe in the players, I believe in the club and I believe that during my contract I will help the club to do it.’

Tottenham are enduring their longest post-war trophy drought. It is 12 years since their last major prize, the League Cup. And they are firmly in a rut of five games without a win. Last week, they crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties at home to relegation-haunted Norwich and are adrift of the top four in the Premier League.

Bergwijn now joins Son Heung-min (left) and Harry Kane (right) on the physio’s table

Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Moussa Sissoko have been out with long-term injuries, now joined by Bergwijn and Ben Davies is missing from the trip to Germany with a hamstring problem.

‘Ben will be out for one week, two weeks,’ said Mourinho. ‘Steven, I don’t expect him to play this season. I have never known anything like this, especially speaking about traumatic injuries.

‘We were psychologically more down with the other injures. From three, four or five to six or seven is the same. No problem. We are very confident. I am very motivated, very calm and very positive.

‘We are losing 1-0 at half-time as we were at Burnley and we have the second half to play. We go with everything we have. How can you score two goals minimum without Kane, Son and Bergwijn but there are many ways to score goals. Even a Leipzig player could do what Antonio Rudiger did and score for us.

Injuries and a poor run of form mean the odds are heavily stacked against Spurs for Leipzig tie

‘Momentum is not the best but these boys deserve something special. The boys deserve the kind of happiness that a victory in a knock-out Champions League tie can bring.’

With form and fitness stacked against them, Tottenham have little scope for optimism apart from last year’s European campaign which took them to final and included more than one act of remarkable escapology.

Most notably in Ajax, against whom Spurs lost 1-0 at home in the first leg of the semi-final and progressed on away goals after a hat-trick from Lucas Moura in the return.

Mourinho, however, dismissed the idea of repeating the miracle of Amsterdam by citing the absence of an aerial threat akin to Fernando Llorente, who was released at the end of last season and is now at Napoli.

Spurs midfielder Dele Alli insisted his side cannot feel sorry for themselves over their bad luck

‘Without Llorente, if we want the long balls in the box, and play for second-balls, we can’t do it that way,’ said Tottenham’s head coach. ‘We have to try in another way.’

Lucas and Giovani Lo Celso did not start at Burnley on Saturday in anticipation of this fixture, although they were both forced on at half-time with Spurs trailing and performing poorly, and Ryan Sessegnon is fit after an injury and expected to return.

‘It’s not a time to get the violins out,’ said Dele Alli, who has been deployed at the central striker during the injury crisis. ‘We have to step up and show our character. I like scoring goals. It’s probably not my most natural position but we’re in a position where everyone needs to step up.

‘We’re not going to hide. No-one can look at where we are and be happy. We’ve always been at the top end, fighting for things. To be where we are is not good and not something we’re used to.’

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article