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Jose Mourinho insists he has lots of respect for Europa League

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Jose Mourinho insists he has lots of respect for Europa League
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Mourinho urged his players to qualify for the Europa League next season and ensured that glory will follow.

Tottenham Hotspur won’t be participating in Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.

The Portugese manager wants his side to win the remaining of the two games against Crystal Palace and Leicester City and secure a position in the Europa League.

“I have won the Champions League before. The majority of my players have played in the Champions League final before,” Mourinho said.

“Others, they did not win it but they were constantly playing at the Champions League level. So we need motivation.

“I don’t want my players to be disappointed with the fact we don’t play Champions League.

“I want my players relaxed because they had a big target. It was almost impossible to do it from months ago.

 

“But I don’t want the players to be affected by this disappointment – but this is a way to motivate the troops.

“If they think, ‘oh, next year I have to play in the Europa League. There could even be a qualification in the middle of September. Oh! I don’t want to do that’.

“But if we say, ‘Come on, next season we are going to win the Europa League’ – that is a different feeling.

“So I talk about this extreme situation. I don’t care that you are going to bring it up all the time. I don’t care. I have lots of respect for the competition.”

 

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