IT IS by no suggests the very first time Jose Mourinho has made football enemies in west London.
The Tottenham boss has actually almost made a profession out of it ever since very first getting here in this country to take charge of Chelsea almost 17 years ago.
He may not have constantly been in the right however on this celebration he has a point when he says Fulham are incorrect to complain about the late rescheduling of their clash at Spurs for tonight.
Mourinho was left fuming when last month’s initial fixture got called off less than three hours before kick-off due to a Covid break out at the Cottagers.
It left his Carabao Cup finalists facing an even greater component pile-up.
That was set to intensify when Tottenham’s scheduled trip to Aston Rental property tonight also needed to be delayed due to more positive tests in their challengers’ camp.
Premier League chiefs revealed on Monday that Spurs would host Fulham– leaving the Cottagers and their supervisor Scott Parker grumbling about the lack of preparation time.
But requirements must in these unpredictable and extraordinary times in football.
Mourinho stated: “Do you want to finish the season or not? Do you want football to keep going or not? Do you want to be the only nation in Europe without football or not?
” Do we desire completion of the season with champs, cup winners, relegation and with Europe, or we don’t? That’s the main question.
” Do you football journalists wish to keep working or not? Do we want to have our salaries, yes or no?
” What do we want?
” Begin, let’s play football. Let’s act the best we can. Let’s safeguard our industry. Let’s protect our image and let’s play football.”
And that was a political broadcast by the often Beast Raving Maniacal Portuguese, who was manifestly speaking sense.
Parker claims had he understood his club would be called into action this midweek he would have fielded a various line-up in their FA Cup third-round tie at QPR on Saturday.
However following their return from Covid, he made SEVEN changes and played a variety of fringe gamers as they won 2-0 after extra time in what was their first match because Boxing Day.
So it is difficult to see Parker’s point.
Parker would no doubt choose to play Tottenham later in the season when their Wembley masterpiece and possible looks in the latter phases of the Europa League and FA Cup might increase the likelihood of their competitors fielding a “weakened” line-up.
The prospect of dealing with a Tottenham team which will see much of their leading stars returning after being rested for Sunday’s 5-0 FA Cup win at non-league Marine, will not be a savory one for Parker and his gamers.
However, as Mourinho states, it is the proper call. Asked if he believes the season will finish, he said: “Considering that pre-season, when I was informed that if you have 14 gamers available you play football, because that moment I believed we are going to play to end the season.
” That rule for some factor changed and we had some matches delayed and since that minute the circumstance becomes a little bit harder.
” Then we need choices to be made and if all of us are extremely selfish or if we all desire the best scenario for ourselves, it’s going to be extremely, extremely challenging for the Premier League.
” I could also ask why Aston Vacation home played Liverpool in the Cup on Friday and don’t bet me on Wednesday.
” Why don’t I play? And you want me now to be sobbing about that?
” I’m not weeping about that. I’m weeping about we can not have more matches held off, we can’t. The team in the Europa League is impossible to have more matches held off.”