Jose Mourinho REFUSES to admit defeat in race for top four spot

Jose Mourinho REFUSES to give up on top four finish so long as it is ‘mathematically possible’ for his Tottenham side to make it as he looks to deliver Champions League football

  • Tottenham return to Europa League action against Wolfsberger on Thursday
  • The Europa League winners’ get automatic entry into the Champions League
  • With Spurs ninth in the Premier League, it is a viable way to go and gain entry 
  • But Jose Mourinho is refusing to concede defeat in the race to finish in top four 

Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham will not give up on their Premier League top four chase while reaching it remains mathematically possible.

Spurs return to Europa League action on Thursday, facing Austrian side Wolfsberger in a last-32 tie that has been move to Budapest.

With Spurs ninth in the league, six points off fourth though with a game in hand, the Europa League could offer the north Londoners’ their best hope of returning to the continent’s top club competition with a Champions League place an additional prize for the winners.

Jose Mourinho is unwilling to admit defeat in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four

Defeat at Manchester City left Harry Kane (centre) and Co down in ninth in the league table

But Mourinho said: ‘It’s difficult in any case but it’s possible in both cases. 

‘The fourth position in the Premier League is of course very difficult but it is mathematically possible and last season we were in a very, very, very bad point to try and get into the Europa League spots and in the end we made it.

‘We made in the last minute of the last game, but we made it and our motivation last season was while mathematically it’s possible, we have to go.

Spurs are preparing for the Europa League and know winning the tournament will see them allocated a position in next season’s UEFA Champions League, with or without a top four finish

‘I remember that we were coming from a 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United and even with that defeat that looked crucial in that moment of the season mathematically it was possible, we chased it until the last game which is the same thing that we are going to do.

‘The Europa League, there are an incredible number of matches, we are going to the 10th and we are not even in the last 16, we are in the last-32 so long, long, long competition.

‘Very good teams, just look to the English teams in the competition and you realise how strong the competition can be, but it’s open. We are one of the 32 teams that has a chance to win it and we are going to try.’ 

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