Mourinho: Tottenham Hotspur clash the biggest final of my career

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has looked ahead to his side’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has further stoked the fire ahead of his side’s League Cup final clash with Tottenham Hotspur by labelling it the biggest game of his career, the Mirror report.

The Portuguese coach has taken a clear philosophical approach to Sunday’s final, drumming up its importance and reminding observers that the past is history.

Mourinho has vast experience, winning the Champions League twice while also securing domestic honours in Portugal, Italy, Spain and, of course, England during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

However, his only focus now is Sunday’s opponents Spurs and the occasion at Wembley, telling reporters of the Mirror that the next final is always the most important.

“This cup final is the most important cup final of my career. More important than the Champions League. More important than the other cups I’ve played before,” Mourinho claimed.

“Do I look stupid? It’s because it’s the next one. The next one. I just think about this game. We have a final to win on Sunday and nothing else matters.”

“My medals are somewhere at home, I don’t know where they are. The most important game of my career is the next one.”

Spurs’ likely threat on Sunday

The Blues are looked upon as favourites for the final and, as such, it is expected that Mourinho’s men will dominate possession and look to force Spurs to spend large spells of the game on the back foot.

However, similar to the match at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day, Mauricio Pochettino’s side can spring quick attacks and will look at getting the ball into wide areas and running at the Blues’ back four.

There are still question marks over who Pochettino will select as his attacking midfield trio, with Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend all in contention.

With pace likely to be a deciding factor, the width of Townsend and Chadli are obvious choices and their previous performances against the Blues will certainly cause concern for Mourinho’s side.

Yet, Harry Kane is undoubtedly the biggest threat and getting the ball into his feet and as quickly as possible will wield success.

The Blues’ backline are in for a battle, but arguably more important is the fact that the West Londoners’ midfield can’t afford to be overrun in a similar vein to their match at White Hart Lane.

Without the suspended Nemanja Matic their task becomes even tougher, and it will be interesting to see who Mourinho selects in order to counter the Lilywhites’ strengths in the middle of the park.

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