Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham ‘are a pony’ in the Premier League title race and has praised the performance of Joe Rodon in the club’s goalless draw with Chelsea.
The north London side moved back to the top of the Premier League following a stalemate at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, stretching their unbeaten run to nine games since an opening weekend defeat to Everton.
However, despite the club’s strong start to the season Mourinho downplayed talk of a title challenge for Spurs, insisting his side are ‘not a horse’ in the race to win the Premier League this season.
The Spurs boss also lavished praise on Joe Rodon following the defender’s performance at Stamford Bridge, the summer signing from Swansea handed his first Premier League start at centre-back.
“We are not even in the race so we are not a horse,” Mourinho said at his post-match press conference. ”We are the small, young horse – a pony.
“We are just a pony, and you see the difference. Joe Rodon was playing for Swansea; Thiago Silva was for many years and still is one of the best centre-backs in the world. And maybe one month of Thiago’s salary pays Joe a year’s salary. So, calm.
“I’m very happy with Joe, very happy with the profile, and to be with my amazing coaching staff – Joao [Sacramento], Ledley [King], all these guys – coaching and teaching these guys, and working with Joe has been a pleasure.
“I just feel sorry he can’t play in the Europa League because it would be a great level of experience for him, and I believe the biggest game he played before this one was Championship play-offs and a Wales national team match, so I’m very pleased that he could come here and for 90 minutes he made one mistake.
“Dier made more mistakes than him, especially in ball possession, so I’m very happy with my team, very happy with my guys, very happy with this mentality – that we come to Stamford Bridge, we get a point, we are top of the league, and we are not happy.”