Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he had complained enough about his team’s busy schedule, and that he would not use that as a justification before facing Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Tottenham crushed the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa 7-2 on Thursday in the final round of the European League qualifiers, to reach the group stage, after playing their third home game in 5 days, including a draw with Newcastle last Sunday, and winning a penalty shootout over Chelsea in the League Cup. Professional clubs last Tuesday.
Eric Dyer, Toby Alderferfield and Stephen Burgoyne started two games within 48 hours this week, while United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer relied on a much-changed squad during Wednesday’s League Cup win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
However, Mourinho is only focusing on preparing Tottenham to face his former team at Old Trafford, which is part of his revenge matches, since his departure from Manchester in a way that humiliates his history.
The Portuguese coach said – in a press conference today – “This is the last match. I do not want more complaints and complaints, I complained a lot and I do not think that anyone disagreed with me even when I complained about the situation.”
“But now there is one more game left, only the United game. They (United) played one game this week, and maybe most of the players who participated in it will not play on Sunday, but I want to forget that.”
Mourinho said striker Son Heung-min, the team’s top scorer in the league with 4 goals so far, may participate in part of the Old Trafford match, after recovering from a hamstring injury, which was not as serious as the Portuguese coach had feared at first.
“I do not want to lie to you and say that he will not play on Sunday. At the same time, I do not want to say that he will play and then not, so we will wait and see what can happen.”