Mourinho hits at Pochettino: ‘Spurs would be in top four if I started the season’

Jose Mourinho has sneered at Mauricio Pochettino, stating Tottenham Hotspur would have been in the top four if he would have been there the entire season. Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November after the Argentinian failed to meet expectations and was sacked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

“I know that I could even look to the situation in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived if the championship arrived in that moment there, even with all of the problems after that, I think we would be fourth or fifth,” Mourinho told a news conference on Monday.

“I don’t want to be selfish and only look at it as a fan, hypothetically, not yet, finishing above Arsenal. I would love to play in the Europa League. It’s not a competition that I’m in love with or like very, very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League, you play Europa League.”

“Because in my career I only played Europa League twice and I won it twice, it wouldn’t be bad to play a third time and win a third time. We have to fight until the end to try to finish in a Europa League position.” As manager Mourinho won the Europa League with FC Porto and Manchester United.