The Spurs have played the five biggest clubs in the Premier League five games apart, but their coach does not expect an easy ride from the other side
Tottenham are not going into an easier series of preparations for the Premier League despite recent series of difficult meetings with colleagues from the big six, says Jose Mourinho.
The Spurs sealed their spot in the Carabao Cup semifinals against champion team Stoke City on Wednesday, to continue their winning fortunes after consecutive defeats in the top flight.
Back and forth reversals against Liverpool champions and fellows running for the Leicester title – who rank first and second in the Premier League – have shattered the Spurs ’ambitions for the girls’ crown.
Tottenham could undeniably take their heart out of the upcoming games with theoretical lower-class opposition after scoring seven points in a row with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in late November and early December.
But speaking ahead of his team’s clash with the Wolves on Sunday, Mourinho dismissed the idea of having simple Premier League games, noting that the Nuna Espirita Santa team could play in the top four race at this time.
“I believe [Wolves could challenge the top six], “remarked the Portuguese.” But in this league it is very difficult to have constant rides, because every game is very difficult.
“We were at a time when we had to play against the top six teams in question, we got them all in a row, and now some people will say we’re going to get an easier series of games.
“What’s easier? It’s easier to go to the Wolves, play Fulham and Aston Villa? It’s not easier. We should be very happy [with where we are], and it’s not sad about that, because I believe it’s a fantastic league. “
The Spurs will be without Giovani Lo Celso during their ceremonial games, but Mourinho is confident that captain Harry Kane will be able to play the full role after overcoming a knock in early December.
Kane, who started against the Potters in the middle of the week, needs another goal to become only the fourth Englishman to reach double-digit figures in seven consecutive Premier League campaigns, after Michael Owen, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.
“Gio won’t be in shape,” Mourinho said. “I really don’t know [how long he will be out]. He will not play in this Christmas, New Year period, that is for sure.
“I hope that [Kane] he plays all the next matches again. The next match is Sunday. I believe a player like him who does well, takes good care of himself with a great professional life, I believe he will be ready for the game against the Wolves. “