The Portuguese coach has urged Spurs not to rest on their laurels (Picture: Russia Today)Jose Mourinho is looking forward to seeing how Manchester City respond to their Champions League heartbreak in Saturday’s Premier League rematch against Tottenham.
The Premier League champions, who are trying to defend their title in a fierce battle with Liverpool, exited Europe in dramatic circumstances as Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time ‘winner’ was ruled out for offside by VAR.
Now the two sides meet again at the Etihad, this time in the league, and Mourinho has warned Tottenham they cannot take their foot off the gas despite Wednesday’s monumental effort.
Tottenham stunned City, scoring three away goals at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)‘If everybody was wishing for more after the City-Tottenham game, you have more! Now in different circumstances because City needs to win to stay top of the league,’ Mourinho told Russia Today.
‘Let’s see how City react to this situation of being out of the Champions League. And honestly, I think it’s the best way for them is to have this big match. When you are sad, disappointed, frustrated in football, the best thing is a big match.
‘I think City plays for the Premier League in the next two matches, playing with Tottenham at home and going to Old Trafford to play Manchester United next. This is the big game for them.
‘By the other way, Tottenham still need some points to finish top four. I don’t think they can gamble, I don’t think they can think that “we are going to win the Champions League and we are going to qualify for the Champions League as Champions League winners”.
City were devastated when VAR intervened and cancelled out their ‘winner’ (Picture: Getty)‘They have to be cautious and they have to finish top four. So they still need something and if they can get something from this game it would be magnificent for them.’
Spurs travel to Manchester for the second time in a matter of days to take on City and know that a defeat, coupled with wins for their top-four rivals, could see them drop to as low as sixth place by the end of the gameweek.
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