Talk of Spurs title challenge shouldn’t be laughed off says Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Tottenham, his team’s next opponents, could produce a serious title challenge with their team.

Talk of Spurs title challenge shouldn’t be laughed off says Mourinho

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STOKE D’ARBERNON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 27, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:

“When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me. If they tell – I never listen that – but if they tell, players or manager, if they tell they are fighting for the title I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. Manager is good, players are good. Good stability, playing well, I think really, really a very good team.”

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:

“Well I prefer to say that we have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title. I prefer to go in that direction. But the reality is that we need points the same way we needed them last season when we were top of the table and almost champion and fighting to be champion. At this moment we are far from even the European positions and we have to play every game with ambition and determination because every point in the end of the season can make a difference. We’ve lost so many points already, that now we have to fight for every point even more.”

STORY: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday (November 27) that Tottenham Hotspur have a team capable of challenging for the Premier League table as the two sides meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday (November 29).

“When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me. If they tell – I never listen that – but if they tell, players or manager, if they tell they are fighting for the title I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. Manager is good, players are good. Good stability, playing well, I think really, really a very good team,” he said.

Spurs are fifth in the league, only four points behind league leaders Leicester City, and remain undefeated at home in the league.

Chelsea have lost three out of their last four league games and find themselves 15th in the table.

Mourinho said the team’s position in the table will not change their approach to matches very much.

“Well I prefer to say that we have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title. I prefer to go in that direction. But the reality is that we need points the same way we needed them last season when we were top of the table and almost champion and fighting to be champion. At this moment we are far from even the European positions and we have to play every game with ambition and determination because every point in the end of the season can make a difference. We’ve lost so many points already, that now we have to fight for every point even more,” he said.

Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the match after being stretchered off during the 4-0 Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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