Former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes Jose Mourinho is capable of delivering the Champions League to Spurs in his first season in charge.
Mourinho started his Tottenham career last week and had a victory in his debut match away at West Ham United.
Despite sacking Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham are still well-placed to qualify from their Champions League group, with a win against Olympiakos on Tuesday enough to see them through to the knockout stages.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Mills believes that from there on in, Mourinho could lead Spurs all the way.
He said: “If they beat Olympiakos, they’ve qualified.
“He’s still got one of the best strikers in the world, you’ve got Dele Alli coming back to fitness, you’ve got Son Heung-min, you’ve got [Lucas] Moura – all score goals.
“If he can get them defensively, incredibly sound, can they nick one at the other end?
“Bearing in mind the round of 16 could be favourable, can Mourinho get through three rounds as underdog? Without a shadow of a doubt, he can. Because he knows how to set up and he knows how to beat people when he hasn’t got the best players.”
There is no doubting Mourinho’s European pedigree, with the Portuguese a two-time winner of the competition.
However, his path to a third Champions League success with Spurs may not be as kind as Mills suggests.
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona are all currently on course to win their groups, and with Spurs likely to qualify in second behind Bayern Munich, their first knockout tie may be anything but ‘favourable’.
Nicking one or two at the other end, as Mills puts it, may not be enough either – certainly if last season’s 4-4 and 3-3 aggregate wins over Manchester City and Ajax respectively are anything to go by.
That said, a tighter defence may alleviate the pressure on their forwards to deliver – but after conceding twice to West Ham at the weekend, it seems Mourinho has a lot of work to do.
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