Jose Mourinho insists he will not prioritise the Premier League or cup competition, as Tottenham prepare to travel to Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
Mourinho’s side travel to the South Coast to face their in-form rivals in the FA Cup this weekend, with the club keen to secure their passage to the next round in what looks to be their best opportunity to win a trophy this season, their first piece of silverware in over a decade.
The injury-hit north London side moved to within six points of the Champions League places with victory over Norwich in the Premier League midweek, but despite the importance of closing the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea, Mourinho insists cup competition is of equal priority to league success.
“It’s just a game,” said the Spurs boss at his pre-match press conference. “I don’t even want to think about the competition. If it was Southampton away in the Premier League it would be exactly the same for me. Nothing changes.
“In the FA Cup, let’s see. In this moment there are 32 teams, let’s try to be in the last 16.
“[Southampton] are really good, they are strong. I expect a team 24 hours fresher than another, because they have 24 hours advantage.
“A team with big self-esteem, big confidence and a very difficult team to play against. It’s going to be hard.
“We have to fight against so many things we cannot control. The only thing we can control is the spirit that the players showed (against Norwich). We are going to try.”