Jose Mourinho says finishing in the top four with Tottenham would be his greatest achievement given their injury crisis is the worst in Europe.
The Portuguese previously claimed that finishing second in the Premier League with Manchester United in 2017/18 was his best feat, but that would change if he can deliver Champions League football to Spurs next season.
He is being forced to play the remaining quarter of the season without a recognised striker as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who has undergone successful surgery on a broken arm, are injured.
That duo have scored half of Spurs’ goals this season and it leaves Mourinho putting square pegs in round holes – something he will have to do again on his return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime in a crucial battle for the top four.
“In these circumstances, yes,” Mourinho said when asked whether finishing top-four would out-rank his second-placed with United.
“We have to face that, again I repeat the boys did fantastic to put themselves back in the positions where we belong, these positions fighting for the top four.
“The situation is difficult. I think nobody else in the Premier League for sure, but even in European football is in such a difficult situation as we are in terms of injuries in specific positions.
“Sonny and Harry, they score the majority of goals that Tottenham score.
“This season was so negatively special that we’ll be without them both at the same time for a lot of matches.
The situation is difficult. I think nobody else in the Premier League for sure, but even in European football is in such a difficult situation as we are in terms of injuries in specific positions.
There is some better injury news for Spurs as midfielder Moussa Sissoko is back training on grass following a knee operation.