Jose: Everton 5-4 Spurs? Not again!
Jose Mourinho does not think Tottenham will lose 5-4 to Everton again when the sides meet in the Premier League on Friday Night Football. Everton came out on top in a nine-goal FA Cup classic again
Jose Mourinho does not think Tottenham will lose 5-4 to Everton again when the sides meet in the Premier League on Friday Night Football.
It marked the highest-scoring FA Cup game between two top-flight teams since February 1961 and the first time a Mourinho side has both scored and conceded at least four goals in a single game.
However, Spurs boss Mourinho does not feel history will repeat itself this time around, with both clubs looking to secure a top-four finish and qualify for next season's Champions League.
Mourinho's side are seventh on 49 points with seven games left - five points off fourth-placed Chelsea - while Carlo Ancelotti's Everton are sat in eighth on 48 points, but have played a game less than both Spurs and Chelsea and have eight games remaining.
"That game of 5-4, I can only say that if you score four goals, you have to win," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "Carlo would probably say a team that scores five cannot win struggling like they were.
"If you score five, you have to win 5-0 or 5-1. If you score four away from home, you need to win it comfortably. Of course I would love to score four goals like we did in the cup match, but we need to concede less, much less!
"Carlo will have similar feelings. We are of course coaches with a lot of experience and we know what our teams need. The teams have to be balanced in their qualities.
"If you ask me, do I believe another 5-4, 4-5, 4-6, 6-4... I don't. I think it's very difficult to happen again. But, the teams are very similar in their potential, very similar in their ambitions, and I can expect a very tight match."
Spurs striker Harry Kane, who is expected to tell the club he wants to leave if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next term, will reach 20 Premier League goals for the season if he finds the back of the net at Goodison Park on Friday.
It would mark the fifth time he will have reached 20+ Premier League goals in a single campaign.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry achieved that feat, while Manchester City's Sergio Aguero went one better by scoring 20+ Premier League goals six times and Alan Shearer holds the record having done it across seven different seasons.
"If his career is going to be in the Premier League, I think he is going to break that record quite easily.
"I believe that Harry in a normal season without big injuries that would stop him playing for months, he would score that amount of goals every season until the end of his career, and the end of his career is not close."
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- ^ nine-goal FA Cup classic (www.skysports.com)
- ^ who is expected to tell the club he wants to leave if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next term (www.skysports.com)
- ^ ongoing speculation over Kane's future (www.skysports.com)
- ^ Podcast: Kane's future - What? Where? When? Why? How? (www.skysports.com)