By Gary Cotterill
Last Updated: 05/07/20 9:19pm
Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham have an important nucleus of players he hopes will carry them into the next five years – but admits they need time to build.
The Portuguese, whose side face an arduous task to qualify for the Champions League next season, highlighted that Divock Origi is the only Liverpool title-winner from Jurgen Klopp’s first match-day squad in 2015 – against Spurs.
He “wants to believe that in five years time the Tottenham line-up will have much more than that from today’s team”, despite a tumultuous season which was compounded with a poor display and 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United last week.
“In this team, we have lots of people of the right age, with the right quality, with the right ambition,” Mourinho told Sky Sports, ahead of an important clash with Everton on Monday Night Football.
“So I would say that in three, four, five years’ time, the base of the team will still be around. Important players that are in the club now. That’s why I say we don’t need to make lots of changes. I believe we have an important nucleus of players.”
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“(Like some of the fans), I want a lot of too soon, but I do believe my realism is stronger with experience. I think it’s very important to be realistic, to stay control of emotions and also to understand that there’s a process.
“I understand the fans’ ambitions of course. I understand people dream of the best things, they don’t dream of the worst things, but it requires time.
“The good thing is that we are all together in the club. We are all very stable, very realistic, very experienced and we are going to get there.”
Mourinho was not satisfied with his team’s lack of desire at Bramall Lane, which saw them drop to 10th the Premier League dining table, and that he revealed a team inquiry was held after returning to London that he insists was positive.
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“What happens inside stays inside – I think that’s a golden rule,” that he said. “But it was an extremely honest meeting.
“It was not a monologue, it was a dialogue, as the players also had the opportunity to speak with me, and we shared views, and we shared emotions, and we shared analysis.
“I’ve lost many matches in my career but the ones that gave me the worst possible taste are the ones where I feel we should do much more than we did.”
Meanwhile, the defeat at Bramall Lane will also be remembered for one of the most controversial VAR decisions this season that saw Harry Kane’s goal chalked off for handball in the build-up, although Lucas Moura was seemingly fouled.
‘Lampard will learn managers do not have much impact on decisions’
It has generated the Premier League reportedly preparing to ask IFAB to examine the new handball rule that came into force this season, which sees even accidental handling penalises if it results in a target, as well as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calling for a gathering to discuss it.
Mourinho says he “understands” Lampard’s intentions, but believes nothing can change no matter much fuss managers make, and that “in a few years Frank will realise that all these meetings mean nothing”.
Mourinho said: “I think at this moment, Frank believes that we have an important voice and believes that football (should be) in the hands of football people, but he will realise in time that we have to consume the menu that they give us and we have to accept just how things are.
“I’ve had lots of meetings before 20 years or so, and I do not think we had much effect on decisions at all.”
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