Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has stated that the club has to aim higher than finishing above Arsenal, although the feat is always a thing of pride amongst supporters.
Well, if you ask for an opinion, I would say this is Mourinho just trying to divert attention from the fact that he hasn’t really hit the ground running as Spurs boss and has been average at best. That’s my opinion.
The North London derby on Sunday saw Spurs come from behind to beat Arsenal 2:1 with the winner coming through a Toby Alderweireld header in the 81st minute. The result pushed Spurs to 8th on the log and two points above Arsenal with three games to go.
The opener came through Alexandre Lacazette early in the first half although it didn’t last long as Sead Kolasinac assumed the role of a villain and gifted Son Heung-min with an error. The forward capitalized and beat Emiliano Martinez between the sticks to equalize.
Meanwhile, although Spurs will be happy to finish above Arsenal for a fourth consecutive season, Jose Mourinho won’t be satisfied as he has his eyes on a place in Europe next season.
“I have to be more ambitious than that,” he said. “I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal.”
Tottenham Hotspur can make it to the Europa by finishing sixth and Mourinho won’t be against playing the Europa, a competition he won with Manchester United and Porto.
“It’s not a competition that I’m in love with or like very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League, you play Europa League,” Mourinho added.
“In my career I only played Europa League twice, and I won it twice. It wouldn’t be bad to play it a third time and to win it a third time.”