Jose Mourinho admits Spurs vs. West Ham was must-win for Champions League hopes


A Harry Kane goal finished up a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho states his side’s Champions Leagues hopes would have been over if they had actually not beaten West Ham on Tuesday.

Spurs got their first win given that the Premier League reboot with a 2-0 success against their London competitors, a Tomas Soucek own goal and late Harry Kane strike doing the damage.

The 3 points moved Spurs to within a point of 5th location, which might be enough to seal Champions League certification if Manchester City’s restriction is maintained, albeit they have actually played a game more than the teams around them.

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“They were not important, they were crucial. I told the players that at half-time,” Mourinho stated of the 3 points.

“I don’t think, if we didn’t win this match, we could still think about chances (of Europe). (It) was three points or nothing. Three points was fundamental.”

The tidy sheet was simply their 5th in the Premier League all season and they looked far more strong than previous to lockdown, which Mourinho states is the result of some effort.

“We worked hard and we started that when we were only allowed to work in groups of five,” he stated. “We picked constantly the back 4 to be together and we worked a lot on that.

“In the past two weeks we did it collectively and I am really happy that in the last two matches we have only conceded one goal from a funny penalty and we managed to be really solid. I am happy with that.”

West Ham’s second loss from 2 games given that the reboot saw their transfer fears deepen.

They had authentic complaint with Soucek’s own goal, not eliminated for a handball in the accumulation, while they might have drawn level at 1-1 however Jarrod Bowen‘s effort struck a post.

Bowen was West Ham’s brightest player and rued his late miss out on.

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“On another day it goes inside the post, and if that goes in it’s 1-1 and we’re right back in the game,” he informed the club’s official website.

” Sadly it’s struck the post and gone broad.

” The first goal, being an own goal, was difficult to take, however I felt we were still in thegame We had a number of possibilities, we struck the post however they captured us on the counter-attack to knock the packing out of us with the second goal so late on.

“I don’t think you can fault any of the boys’ effort – you could see that we worked hard without the ball, it’s just unfortunate that the manner of the first goal killed us a bit.”

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