Jose Mourinho has urged the leadership to build a more balanced squad for the next campaign after Tottenham Hotspur endured an injury-plagued season
Tottenham lost two of their best forwards due to injuries, with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son both expected to miss the remainder of the season due to physical issues.
Hugo Lloris also spent the majority of 2019/20 on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Brighton in October, with Paulo Gazzaniga occupying his place between the sticks until late January.
With Kane and Son out, Mourinho has had to improve his tactics, which has inevitably seen the London outfit suffer a dip in form lately.
Back-to-back Premier League defeats have witnessed Tottenham slip to seventh, as they now trail fourth-placed Chelsea by five points.
Spurs’ hopes of securing Champions League football are currently hanging by a thread, and it’s up to Mourinho to invent something to lead his side to the top-four finish, but the Portuguese boss expects the club to back his efforts to reinforce the squad in the summer nonetheless.
“We know that the players are tired, that the players injured, we know that we have to build a squad more balanced for next season because we don’t believe that the same situation is going to happen,” Mourinho said, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Jose Mourinho the manager would definitely not have played Jose Mourinho the player 😂 pic.twitter.com/8fXzdrSNeJ— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 6, 2020
“But in football, anything is possible, and you have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things.
“So we know everything. We need to give a different shape to the squad to be ready for these unexpected things that happen to us, but we all know that we have to try to win against Burnley, and we have to try to win on Tuesday.
“If we don’t then we leave like we did in the last match against Norwich, we leave, we sleep, in peace, sad, but we sleep in peace and then the next day, [smacks his hands] here we go again.”
Tottenham head to Turf Moor to take on an in-form Burnley side on Saturday, hoping to erase the memories of painful defeats to Wolverhampton and Chelsea.
With the Blues welcoming resurgent Everton to Stamford Bridge in a fixture in which they could drop some points, Spurs could return in contention for Champions League promotion if they beat the Clarets.