‘I would like to fight but I don’t think I can’: Jose Mourinho says he has GIVEN UP on the Carabao Cup because of Spurs gruelling schedule… despite facing fierce rivals (and his former employers) Chelsea on Tuesday
- Jose Mourinho admitted he’ll need to make wholesale changes for Chelsea clash
- Spurs boss said he has to give up on the cup and prioritise the Europa League
- Tuesday’s match with Chelsea is Spurs’ third game in a run of five in just 11 days
- When told his side stood a good chance, Mourinho said: ‘Are you joking?’
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he has all but given up on their Carabao Cup campaign because of the club’s gruelling fixture schedule.
Spurs face Chelsea in the fourth round on Tuesday night, their third game of five in 11 days. Mourinho insists the EFL have given him no choice but to make wholesale changes because Spurs must prioritise Thursday’s clash with Maccabi Haifa.
Victory in that would put them through to the group stage of the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho has bemoaned Spurs’ fixture list and said it means he has to give up on EFL Cup
Tottenham face Chelsea on Tuesday – just two days after Premier League game with Newcastle
‘I would like to fight for the Carabao but I don’t think I can,’ he said. ‘The group phase of the Europa gives us a certain amount of money that, for a club like us, is important.’
On the prospect of rotating his squad, Mourinho added: ‘The EFL made the decision for us. They didn’t even create us a problem, they made the decision for us.’
Mourinho praised his side’s display in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, when a controversial handball decision cost them victory in stoppage time.
Chelsea, meanwhile, had to come from 3-0 down to rescue a point at West Bromwich.
Tottenham star Son Heung-min won’t play any part after picking up an injury in Sunday’s draw
But Mourinho rejected the suggestion that his side stood a good chance of victory against his former club.
‘Are you joking or serious?’ he said. ‘Chelsea played on Saturday, they have Sunday and Monday. Then they play Tuesday and then they play again on the weekend.
‘So, with their fantastic squad, if their manager decides not to rotate, he can perfectly play with the players he wants.’
Spurs will be without Son Heung-min, who injured a hamstring against Newcastle, and Mourinho expects ‘more injuries will come’.