As Tottenham put together their final preparations before heading out to Spain next week, one former Premier League boss has backed a Spurs Champions League triumph to kickstart quite the trophy haul in North London.
Speaking on Friday, former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has announced that he believes Champions League success would help Mauricio Pochettino’s side go on a domestic trophy spree.
Spurs will have the opportunity to win European football’s grandest prize for the very first time on June 1st as they take on Premier League rivals Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
“Spurs is not winning titles but to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies [is easier] because the @ChampionsLeague is the biggest one of all.” #THFC
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— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) May 24, 2019
While many fans in North London would have happily accepted a fourth-place finish and a Champions League final at the start of the season, Mourinho believes that this is just the start in what could be a historic period for the Premier League side.
Mourinho, who has been out of work since getting the sack at Old Trafford back in December, has previously lifted the Champions League on two occasions and also helped Manchester United to Europa League success two years ago.
Having failed to lift a piece of silverware since their 2007/08 League Cup triumph, ‘The Special One’ feels that success against Liverpool could be the first of many trophies in Spurs’ future.
After coming past Ajax in the most dramatic of fashion in Amsterdam earlier in the month, the Lilywhites will head out to the Spanish capital next week and you can see all our Tottenham vs Liverpool betting tips ahead of an all-English showdown.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Friday morning, the Portuguese tactician believes that European success next week could help start the most successful spell in the club’s history.
“Of course, Spurs is not winning titles and to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies (is easier) because the Champions League is the biggest one of all,”
“I think, big match, of course, with huge levels of pressure. We used to say finals are not to play, finals are to win.”
Along with Mourinho backing Spurs for success, if they can come through June 1st, fans in North London will also be boosted by the news that midfielder Harry Winks has been passed fit.
The 23-year-old, who has been out since early April with a groin injury, is back to full fitness and has trained all week with his Spurs team-mates.
Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool in Madrid next week is just one-half of the two all-English European finals, with Chelsea and Arsenal contesting the Europa League final in Baku on May 29th.
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