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Mourinho jokingly wonders if Man City ban might get him 2018 title

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

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Jose Mourinho’s going to get himself back in the good graces of the Manchester United faithful with quips like this.

The now Tottenham manager was asked about the UEFA Champions League ban handed to Manchester City this week, and offered a little jab at the side that beat his Red Devils to the 2017/18 Premier League title.

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Speaking at Spurs beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Sunday, Mourinho wondered aloud what might’ve been the year his side finished 19 points back of one of the league’s all-time teams.\

From Football.London:

“My view is that I didn’t lose one single minute analyzing what UEFA and FIFA, they have to analyze. If I go into that, I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 is going to be champions, yes or no? That would be interesting but joking apart, I just wait calmly.”

So glad to have this guy back in our newsfeed.

Anyway, Mourinho went on to detail Spurs’ push to finish top four, and that the final Champions League place won’t mean much if you don’t collect points to beat out a wealth of eligible opponents.

“If we are sixth or seventh then it doesn’t matter if the fifth goes to Champions League. ... There is a big fight. You could see yesterday Liverpool, first against the last, you could see today Villa fighting to stay in the division and us fighting for top position, how difficult it is. This is the Premier League. So when we speak about the fifth spot, I think for sure Wolves, Sheffield United, Man United, Arsenal, Everton, everyone looks to the table and week after week they say we can do it and they can. It’s going to be very hard.”

He’s right, and we can be thankful for the storyline as Liverpool runs away with the title!