José Mourinho is frustrated with the current situation of Tottenham Hotspur. Without the injured star players Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, the English top club lost 0-1 to RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the eighth finals of the Champions League.
"But see our situation. We are like Barcelona to play in the Champions League without Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann," said Mourinho after the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
"Or as Liverpool without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. Even if they can still appoint someone like Divock Origi. If I could flush the time to July 1 so that I had everyone at my disposal again, I would have done that "
Mourinho almost certainly misses Kane and Son for the rest of the season. Midfielder Moussa Sissoko is also not available for a longer period for the Portuguese manager.
VideoSummary Tottenham Hotspur-RB Leipzig (0-1)
"The situation will not change"
The 57-year-old Mourinho realizes that he must do it to the players he does have at his disposal. "Because the situation won't change before the end of the season. The injured players won't be back in a week or two," he said.
"But I am proud of all my players. For the return against Leipzig, I can at least guarantee that we will fight for what we are worth, because that is how we are. Even though I do not know who to line up in the attack."
Against Leipzig, which won thanks to a utilized penalty by Timo Werner, Lucas Moura was in the point of the attack with Dele Alli in his back. Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn occupy the flanks.
In the competition, Mourinho occupies fifth place with Tottenham behind Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea, which is the opponent on Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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