Jose Mourinho: Tottenham would have to respect the Uefa Europa Conference League

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Jose Mourinho says Tottenham would have to respect the UEFA Europa Conference League if they end up in the new competition next season.

Spurs will be guaranteed a place in the play-off round of European football’s new tertiary club competition if they beat Manchester City in next week’s Carabao Cup Final.

With City already guaranteed a Premier League top-six finish, if they retain the trophy on April 25 then the place in the Conference League will go to the next highest league finisher who does not qualify for the Champions League or Europa League – which could be Spurs.

Mourinho’s side are in seventh ahead of Friday’s visit to Everton and the manager has claimed that even securing a top-six finish will be “difficult” in the remaining seven matches of the season.

The Conference League would involve trips to the backwaters of European football and among the clubs already set to feature in next season’s competition are the fourth-placed team in Luxembourg, the Liechtenstein Cup winners and the second-, third- and fourth-placed teams in the Maltese top flight.

Regardless, Mourinho says Tottenham must treat every competition with respect, even one they consider beneath them.

“The same as we treat every competition,” the Spurs manager said.

“Every competition we try to win every match and of course we don’t – we never thought we were going to do that.

“But since the beginning of the season, this season, we try to treat every competition the same way. So I don’t see any reason not to treat the competitions with the same respect.

“If the dimension of the club and prestige of the club is bigger than let’s say the level or the prestige of any competition, then I still feel it is the responsibility of the club to respect the competition and to bring to the competition probably the credit or the prestige that at that moment, the competition does not have.

“So I think it is this you have to respect every competition you are involved in.”


Meanwhile, Mourinho insisted he was not aware of a series of Twitter posts by Tottenham’s new official paint supplier, Dulux, mocking the club’s trophy-record and defensive struggles this season.

Dulux’s official account posted a photo of an empty cabinet, embossed with the Tottenham emblem, and accompanied by the caption “unused trophy cabinet” in response to a twitter user who asked if the paint would be stored in the club’s trophy-room.

In a separate tweet, Dulux also warned that “surfaces should be dust free before painting”.

Another user asked if the Dulux dog could play at centre-half, with the company’s account suggesting he “might do a better job” than Spurs’s defenders.

The posts were quickly deleted and the company has since apologised and said they are investigating what happened.

Mourinho insisted he was unaware of the controversy, but suggested it could be a smart commercial strategy on behalf of the brand.

“I don’t know what you are speaking about but maybe it is an amazing strategy move,” he said.

“Maybe if I am going to criticise something and then I realise it was a strategic commercial or situation, then I would be in a bad position. I don’t know. But in any case, it is not a football-related thing and I don’t know.”

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