Mourinho says fixture congestion will force Spurs to sacrifice League Cup

Spurs hosts Chelsea on Tuesday in the League Cup fourth round, two days before Maccabi Haifa's visit to north London for a Europa League playoff match.

Jose Mourinho said the English Football League “made the decision” for him and he had no option but to rotate the squad for the London derby.   -  GettyImages

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho believes its packed fixture schedule will force the side to prioritise the more lucrative Europa League over the League Cup in a bid to avoid further injuries in the squad.

Spurs hosts Chelsea on Tuesday in the League Cup fourth round, two days before Maccabi Haifa's visit to north London for a Europa League playoff match.

Mourinho said the English Football League “made the decision” for him and he had no option but to rotate the squad for the London derby.

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“I would like to fight for the Carabao (League) Cup but I don't think I can,” Mourinho told reporters.

“We have a game on Thursday that gives us not as much money as the Champions League but the group phase of the Europa League gives us a certain amount that for a club like us is very important.”

Spurs was held to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United on Sunday after a controversial handball decision but a bigger worry for Mourinho was losing South Korean forward Son Heung-min to a hamstring injury at halftime.

“I think Sonny was just the first,” Mourinho added. “More will come. Son was the first, but more will come.”

When it was suggested that Spurs should still have a chance against Chelsea, which had to come back from three goals down to salvage a point against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Mourinho replied: “You're joking or you're serious?”

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“Chelsea played Saturday, they have Sunday and Monday (off) then they play Tuesday and then they play again on the weekend.

“So their fantastic squad, if the manager decides not to rotate, he can perfectly play with the players that he wants.

“As you know and forgetting the past Thursday, we played on the Sunday, now we play on the Tuesday, we play on the Thursday, we play on the Sunday again.”

Spurs avoided a similar fixture pattern last week when Leyton Orient was forced to forfeit its third round tie after many of its players tested positive for COVID-19.

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