Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho targets Europa League spot

Spurs is seventh on 55 points, a point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in sixth, which is likely to offer the last Europa League spot for next season.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho hailed his side's resilience after Wednesday's 3-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United and said it was important it qualifies for Europe next season.

Spurs, which was in action 72 hours after its 2-1 victory over London rival Arsenal, is seventh on 55 points, a point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers in sixth, which is likely to offer the last Europa League spot for next season.

“The team was tired before we even started,” Mourinho told the BBC. “We had resilience and a great desire to win the match and to fight until the last for our objective, which is the Europa League.

“If we can't get the Champions League, the Europa League is important.”

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Mourinho also paid tribute to striker Harry Kane after he scored twice to move past 200 career club goals, and defender Serge Aurier, who was playing despite his brother being shot dead in France earlier this week.

“Harry Kane knows how important he is, he is incredible,” Mourinho added.

“Serge Aurier is a very strong character, every person is different and in his case he wanted to play.”

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