Jose Mourinho rules out 'massive changes' to his Tottenham squad

Jose Mourinho rules out ‘massive changes’ to his Tottenham squad this summer and doesn’t believe he will have failed if Spurs don’t pick up any silverware this season

  • Tottenham host Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening
  • Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is already looking ahead to the summer 
  • But he has ruled out a drastic overhaul of his playing squad when window opens
  • Mourinho made a handful of personnel changes during the January window 
  • He won’t view the season as a failure if Tottenham fail to end wait for a trophy
  • Portuguese boss only replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 

Jose Mourinho has ruled out ‘massive changes’ to his Tottenham squad this summer even if they end the season without any silverware.

Since replacing Mauricio Pochettino as manager in November, Mourinho has made a handful of alterations to his squad.

Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose were offloaded during the January window, with Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes brought in. Loanee Giovani Lo Celso also made his stay permanent.

Jose Mourinho has ruled out ‘massive changes’ to his Tottenham squad during the summer

Spurs moved to sign Steven Bergwijn during the January window as part of minor alterations

But Mourinho, who doesn’t believe it will constitute a failure if Spurs don’t win a trophy this season, doesn’t expect drastic chopping and changing to his playing staff before the new campaign.

‘Massive changes? No. Not massive changes,’ said Mourinho ahead of Wednesday night’s home FA Cup fifth round tie against Norwich City.

‘First of all because that is not what we think we need. Secondly, because of the profile of the club. Third because of what the market it.

‘Year after year after year it is more difficult. So I am not thinking of an overhaul. Of course, we need to make our squad better, that is obvious.’

Pochettino spoke of the need for considerable changes after Spurs reached the final of the Champions League last season, but his successor appears to be of a different opinion.

They also made permanent the loan of Giovani Lo Celso during the mid-season window

Tottenham fixtures 

Premier League unless stated

Wednesday Norwich City (H)

FA Cup fifth round

Saturday Burnley (A)

March 10 RB Leipzig (A)

Champions League last-16, second leg

March 15 Manchester United (H)

March 20 West Ham (H)

April 4 Sheffield United (A)

With key players Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined, Spurs find themselves facing an uphill struggle to finish in the Premier League top four.

They also trail German club RB Leipzig 1-0 at the midway point of their Champions League last-16 tie, though the FA Cup could yet end the club’s long wait for a trophy.

But Mourinho would not regard it as underachievement if they end the season without silverware despite his personal track record of delivering success at other clubs

‘A failure this year? No,’ he said. ‘Because I come in mid-season, because I come with the train midway, because of so many difficult circumstances I wouldn’t feel it at all.

Gedson Fernandes was another January acquisition as Mourinho strengthened his squad

‘My focus is long term focus. That’s with the long term focus, everything is the same for me. I want to win a trophy with Tottenham. That doesn’t change for me.

‘This season the circumstances are not easy. The fact that I couldn’t play the Carabao Cup gave me one less chance to win a trophy.

‘Twelve points behind fourth and 30 points behind [in the league] first obviously made that impossible too.’

 

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