ose Mourinho outlines the one thing that will anger him even if Tottenham beat Dinamo Zagreb
Jose Mourinho has stated that he “will not be happy” if Tottenham qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals on the back of a defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.
Leading 2-0 from the first leg following Harry Kane’s double at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Thursday, Spurs are in a very good position to qualify for the final eight of the competition.
However, it won’t be a straightforward game at all despite their two-goal cushion as the Croatian side did give them an early scare in the first leg.
Asked about how exactly Tottenham will approach the match in Zagreb, Mourinho has confirmed that it’s not “game over” yet and his side will be going there to win rather than looking to defend their lead.
“I don’t think it’s such a good lead. I feel it’s open, I don’t feel it’s game over, if we go away and we lose 2-0 and we play the second leg at home, I don’t feel it’s over,” he explained.
“I would feel it’s very difficult but open so the way to approach the game is to think that way and to think that we still have a match to play and to get a positive result.
“At the end of the 90 minutes, if we lose 1-0 or we lose 2-1 or even 3-1, we would qualify but if we qualify with a defeat in this game, I will not be happy. That’s the way I want the players to think and that’s the way we want to play.
“We don’t go there to defend a lead, we go there to win a game.”
With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg suspended, Joe Rodon ineligible and Son Heung-min injured for the second leg, Mourinho has confirmed that Giovani Lo Celso is back in the squad.
Absent last week following a back issue after recovering from the hamstring problem he sustained prior to Christmas, his return has certainly come at a good time to help give his players an extra boost.
“Yeah, he’s a very talented player and he’s a player with good competitive qualities,” said Mourinho.
“Of course we missed him for a long time. I don’t think he has 90 minutes in his legs but he looked very confident in these three sessions that he did with the team on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so I don’t feel any limitations with him.
“I think the team needs him because he’s a quality player and he’s also very competitive.
“I believe even for some players to have him there, he will help some, he will scare others and I think we need that.”