Jose Mourinho hasn’t had the easiest time in charge of Tottenham Hotspur so far.
Indeed, after a 3-2 win derby win over West Ham, everything went downhill from there.
Eight months later, Tottenham find themselves in eighth place, four points behind his old club Manchester United, and nine points away from fourth-placed Chelsea, who are managed by his former player Frank Lampard.
Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko all succumbed to injury, although they have now made a full recovery. However, Dele Alli was banned for the game against Manchester United, and Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth have been ruled out for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, Spurs are targeting closing the gap on United, as Manchester City’s Champions League ban could mean fifth place will be enough to qualify for the competition.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Mourinho insists his front six are more than capable of carrying the club higher up the table.
Alli has now served his suspension and Lucas Moura is fully fit and they will now join the likes of Kane, Bergwijn, Son and Erik Lamela in competing for a place in the starting lineup.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “So now we have the six players available which is a very, very good attacking force that allows us to start the game and have players on the bench to make changes in case we have a need.
“And I think in this moment, with this long period without football, the attacking players especially, it is not easy for them. So to have in this moment, three plus three is a great situation for us.”
As the Premier League heads into the crunch stage of the competition, coaches will have to juggle with team selection to try and share the workload from a busy schedule.
Mourinho will have noticed the problems affecting his counterpart Mikel Arteta across London, as Arsenal are facing a transfer dilemma after Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari picked up injuries in the past week.
With Alli and Moura coming back into the fold, Mourinho now has so many options to choose from, and although this may cause a selection headache, it should improve his chances of making the top four this season.
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