Soccer-Mourinho plays down Spurs expectations, questions Liverpool’s injury crisis

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Jose Mourinho says he wants further time to assemble a staff able to powerful for the Premier League title, evaluating the precise variety of days Juergen Klopp has been answerable for defending champions Liverpool to his non-public tenure.

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League leaders Spurs are unbeaten contained in the opponents this season since their defeat by Everton on the opening weekend and go to Liverpool on Wednesday for top-of-the-table battle at Anfield.

Klopp generally known as Spurs a “end consequence machine” in his pre-match knowledge convention nonetheless Mourinho shouldn’t be getting carried away merely nevertheless.

“Consequence machine is what Liverpool has been for the previous couple of years and what my Chelsea staff was contained in the interval we acquired the 2 consecutive titles,” Mourinho recommended reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re a wonderful staff that works onerous nonetheless I’d say Liverpool is the outcomes of if I’m not flawed – 1,894 days of labor with Juergen. If I’m flawed, I’m flawed by quite a lot of days.

“We’re the outcomes of labor of 390 days nonetheless these 390 days are faux. On account of quite a few today weren’t even days of labor nonetheless of quarantine and days at residence.”

Mourinho may even be not buying for that Liverpool are struggling an hurt disaster, claiming Klopp is solely contending with one massive loss with the long-term absence of centre as soon as extra Virgil van Dijk.

“Van Dijk is injured and he is a superb participant in the end, nonetheless give me Liverpool’s pointers of accidents and examine with an inventory of Liverpool’s largest staff,” acknowledged Mourinho.

“I can current you an inventory of 10 accidents at Tottenham.”

Mourinho acknowledged ahead Gareth Bale is unlikely to be match for the Anfield journey, whereas defender Japhet Tanganga is out with a shoulder hurt.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge

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