Jose Mourinho claimed that Tottenham could be champions in several other leagues, but admitted it’s “so difficult” in the Premier League despite going top.
Tottenham had to leave it late to get the better of West Brom when they met in Sunday’s early kick-off. Harry Kane’s goal in the 88th minute was all that separated the two sides.
The England striker headed home late on to bring up his 150th goal in the Premier League. It ensures Spurs have now won three league games in a row, but they had to work for the latest one.
At his post-match press conference, Mourinho admitted that it was a game in which both defences stood out.
“West Brom’s performance made us play in the way we did,” he said. “They were very good defensively.
“We played safe. Defensively we controlled the game well but we couldn’t create a lot of chances.
“In the second half they dropped back and in the final stages I wanted to change it and put on another striker.”
It was all smiles for Spurs in the end though, especially as the result lifted them into first place in the Premier League table for the time being.
Mourinho’s side have gained 17 points from their first eight games. They have only lost once in the league so far and some are beignning to wonder if they could push for the title.
“When a team is champion, or plays for the title, there is always a direct relation to your direct opponents. I could say that this team could be champions in many European countries.
“It’s so difficult in the Premier League though. So many good clubs. You can have a good season and still not be champions.
“We’ll just try to win. I promise you I’m not bothered about Leicester vs Wolves or City vs Liverpool. I just want us to win games and then we’ll see where we are.”
Mourinho reveals Hojbjerg solution
Tottenham now go into the international break on a high note, but there are question marks about the availability of one of their key players.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has reportedly been advised not to travel to Denmark for his country’s upcoming internationals, as he would have to quarantine upon his return to the UK. That would see him miss games against Manchester City, Ludogorets and Chelsea.
However, Mourinho revealed after the game that the midfielder could be allowed to play in Denmark’s game away at Belgium in the UEFA Nations League.
“It looks like we found a solution with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg,” Mourinho said. “First match is a friendly, he’s not needed.
“Second match he’s suspended and in the third match he can go to Belgium and represent his country.”
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