Premier League: Jose Mourinho says Tottenham Hotspur must aim higher than just finishing above Arsenal
While Tottenham are looking to finish above Arsenal for a fourth straight season Jose Mourinho said he would not be satisfied with that.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has said finishing above Arsenal in the Premier League is a matter of pride for supporters but the club has to aim higher.
Toby Alderweireld’s 81st-minute header sealed a 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday, moving Spurs up to eighth and two points above their north London rivals with three games left.
While Tottenham are looking to finish above Arsenal for a fourth straight season Mourinho said he would not be satisfied with that.
“I have to be more ambitious than that,” he told reporters.
“ ... I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal.”
Spurs can secure a place in the Europa League by finishing sixth and Mourinho said he would be keen to play in Europe’s second-tier club competition, which 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.”
The move came a few hours after the club’s American owners announced that current coach Paulo Fonseca will depart at the end of this season. Mourinho's contract is for three seasons.
The Gunners welcome former manager Unai Emery back to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the second leg of their semi-final with Villarreal.
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