Jose Mourinho admits it will be ‘very, very difficult’ for Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League amid the club’s current injury crisis.
The north London side’s disappointing season continued with a humbling Champions League last 16 exit to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night, Spurs beaten 3-0 at the Red Bull Arena, 4-0 on aggregate, ending the club’s hopes of silverware this season.
Mourinho’s side currently sit eighth in the Premier League and seven points adrift of the top four, the club currently without several first-team stars including influential forward duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min through injury.
The Portuguese admits his side’s prospects of qualifying for next seasons Champions League look bleak ahead of this weekend’s clash with top-four rivals Manchester United, though says Spurs will continue to give their all as they bid to salvage their campaign.
“With the squad we have at the moment it’s going to be very, very difficult,” he said. “These problems are not going to disappear from today to tomorrow.
“But we have matches to play, matches to fight in. You can see in our matches in the Premier League that we fight until the end.
“In the Premier League we don’t have results where we had no chances to fight for the points.
“When we lost matches, we lost matches 2-1, 3-2, 1-0. We had draws so it’s not like we don’t fight.
“So we will fight and the players have to be very strong to fight with the limitations we have.
“This time we are not going to recover any players for next Sunday. At least we have a little period, not just two days like we have all the time, we have four days in between.”