Wembley no advantage for Spurs in semi-final, warns Mourinho

21 April, 2018, 04:20 | Author: Felix Jensen
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"They have only lost four games but it's a Cup game, 50/50". If you can get to the FA Cup final and win it, it's another piece of silverware. "I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points", Mourinho said.

"They were really, really strong".

The Lilywhites are heading into an FA Cup semi final on Saturday for their second successive season, with just Manchester United standing in their way for the chance to take on the challenge of a final for cup glory.

One of the other things that silverware does, as well as keeping the fans happy, is give the players a sense that the club is moving forward - and that is important when you want to keep them.

"For that we need to work hard, to try to push every season and be competitive and competitive". "If we can complete that [finishing second and winning the FA Cup] then I think we would take that and hopefully it will spur us on to make sure we have more of a run at the title".

Mourinho absolutely will not be wishing the best for Tottenham in their quest for their first major honour under Mauricio Pochettino this weekend.

Bailly was injured for the West Brom defeat and rested for the win at Bournemouth, presumably to prepare him for this.

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"A few weeks ago we knew we had big games against Liverpool, Chelsea, City and not only were they markers to kick us on this year, they were also markers to show that next season we are going to be competing on all fronts and hopefully be in three or four competitions come the end of the season", Smalling said.

Yes you could look at it differently and some people might think it will knock Tottenham's confidence, but I don't agree with that because of the quality they have got in their squad. "This time is away but I don't see any advantage, for me it's the same as playing at Old Trafford".

It's Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in an all-PL clash of the titans.

I am still expecting a tight game, though, because there is so much at stake.

The Paul Pogba issue has been an ongoing story this season with many highlighting his influence higher up the pitch when he is allowed the freedom to play with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic behind the Frenchman.

Will Jose Mourinho add to the two trophies he won last season, or will "home" advantage help Tottenham ensure they move to their new stadium with the FA Cup proudly on display?

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