Mourinho angry that ‘nobody crying’ for Spurs amid Man Utd ‘advantage’

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says that he finds it “very difficult to accept” that the likes of Manchester United still have a Premier League game in hand.

Spurs sit top of the table after 10 games but four clubs beneath them have all played nine. Indeed, United and Manchester City’s fixtures against Burnley and Aston Villa, respectively, have yet to take place.

Those opening-weekend matches came too soon for both Manchester clubs, following last season’s European commitments.

What’s more, Villa will have two games in hand and Newcastle will have one after this weekend. A Covid-19 outbreak in the Magpies’s camp saw them shut their training ground and postpone Friday’s fixture.

As such, Mourinho demanded in Friday’s press conference that the Premier League acts promptly to reschedule the games.

“It is very difficult to accept that four clubs have one match less than the others and I don’t even know when they’re going to play these matches which in every country would be impossible,” the manager told reporters.

“They have to be played until at least the end of the first round of games. Before matchday 19, they should be playing these matches.”

Mourinho added that Spurs, who suffered an exhausting fixture pile-up in September, received no support for their troubles.



“I don’t even know when Burnley, City, Aston Villa, United – and now Newcastle and Aston Villa – are going to play. It can affect the competition,” he said (via the Manchester Evening News).

“I was trying to find an answer this week and no one can give me that answer. We played four matches in one week and nobody was crying or supporting us.”

Mourinho’s side host Arsenal on Sunday, with the Gunners 13 places below them in the table. Spurs will welcome 2,000 fans back for the fixture, as per the UK government’s coronavirus guidelines.

Mourinho picks out Arsenal strengths

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Elsewhere in his pre-match press briefing, Mourinho made a point of highlighting Arsenal’s strengths, despite their poor recent form.

Mikel Arteta’s side have not won in the top flight since the start of November. What’s more, they have only scored one goal in open play since October 4.

However, Mourinho pinpointed Arteta’s record in big matches, such as last season’s run to FA Cup final triumph.

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