LONDON: Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho thinks the tight schedule his club will face is ridiculous – but he is determined to give his best in every match.
With club chairman Daniel Levy demanding Mourinho win the trophy this season, a difficult task awaits the 57-year-old, who has to go through a tight schedule in the early weeks of the season.
Including Europa League and League Cup qualifiers, Tottenham face nine games in 24 days.
“If I think about it too much, I will be depressed. I want to face every match positively.
“But when I ask the players, who is willing to go through these nine games for a full 90 minutes – no one is willing.
“It’s a big risk for our ambitions, because you will definitely lose in one of these matches.
“Premier League you can lose and stay in the competition, but if you lose in the Europa League, you are eliminated. Losing in the Carabao Cup (League Cup), you are eliminated. The risk is huge.
“Injury is of course (a risk). It is something unique. It has never happened before,” Mourinho said.
Spurs began their Europa League campaign against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on September 17, before meeting the winners between Leyton Orient and Plymouth Argyle in the third round of the League Cup.