Jose Mourinho vehemently denied last night that Spurs are title contenders which is exactly what makes me believe that he thinks his side can win the Premier League this season.
Just as he did at the end of November when he said Spurs aren’t even in the race, comparing his side to a pony and the likes of Liverpool to racehorses, Mourinho last night denied that his team is in the mix for the Premier League title.
Liverpool might have put Spurs to the sword thanks to a brilliant header from Roberto Firmino in the 90th minute but the North London outfit could have stolen a 3-1 win had Steven Bergwijn take his chances in the second half.
It’s well known that Mourinho is an expert at twisting words and influencing the narrative around his team to alleviate pressure on his players to maximise their performance and further enhance his club’s chances of reaching its goals.
Last night, Spurs were a few key moments from a perfectly executed game plan which could have seen Liverpool robbed of three points despite having just 24% of possession and playing just 254 passes (61% accuracy).
Bergwijn’s chances were key to the outcome of the game and Firmino’s bullet header in the 90th minute certainly wasn’t in Mourinho’s game plan and the result sees the Reds stretch three points clear at the top of the table in the run-in to Christmas.
Despite Spurs losing their second game this season, Mourinho will be quietly confident of his side’s chances of maintaining their impressive form, and their ability to counter-attack against the big sides will enhance their chances of taking points in crucial games.
Liverpool seem to have their swagger back after a few dodgy results this season and once they welcome back key stars like Thiago and Jota, they will be difficult to overcome.