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Mourinho: ‘Best team in the world’ Liverpool ‘lucky’ to beat Spurs

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Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur wasted a chance to take a point against Liverpool on Saturday, even without Harry Kane.

Spurs attackers Giovani Lo Celco and Heung-Min Son missed prime chances to equalize in the second half of a 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the first match since Kane was ruled out for four months.

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“Sometimes you get more than you deserve, sometimes you get less,” said Mourinho, via Football.London. “This was an occasion when we got nothing when we deserved something. This is the best team in the world against a team in a difficult moment, with injuries, in a difficult part of the season. The boys were fantastic when we tried to change and create problems.”

Mourinho agrees that no one is going to catch Liverpool for the Premier League title, and claims credit for diagnosing that when he was still a pundit.

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Now the manager of Spurs, Mourinho admires the Reds but thinks they can count their Saturday blessings. From the BBC:

“I told you they would win the league when they beat Manchester City three or four months ago. They were lucky. They could have conceded a goal and got a red card for Robertson’s challenge.”

And he especially thinks would’ve been different with Kane.

‘There is not a striker in the squad,’ says Mourinho of Kane-less Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho asks that you not sour his mood with Harry Kane talk.

“If I speak too much about Harry, I get a bit depressed and then you are going to say he is miserable and in a bad mood,” Mourinho quipped on Friday.

Kane will be out until at least April after tearing a tendon in his hamstring.

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Tottenham confirm Harry Kane’s serious injury

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The latest injury update on Harry Kane is not a good one.

He will be missing until at least April as Tottenham Hotspur confirmed he ruptured a tendon in his left hamstring.

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Kane, 26, suffered the injury on New Year’s Day in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton and he will now undergo surgery.

Spurs released the following statement on Thursday as they will now face Liverpool this Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) without Kane, as Jose Mourinho may have to dive into the January transfer window to try and replace him.

“Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. The striker suffered the injury during our Premier League fixture against Southampton last week and specialists have advised surgery after further review of the injury. The decision to undergo surgery is not expected to impact the timeframe that the England captain will be sidelined, with the expectation that he will return to training in April.”

This news leaves Tottenham’s top four hopes in tatters, as they currently sit six points off the UEFA Champions League spots and will now be without their main man for the majority of the second half of the season.

That sound you can hear is Mourinho hammering his fist on his desk in frustration.

Losing Kane is like ripping the soul out of this Spurs team. He makes everything tick and sets the tone from the front, as well as scoring the vast majority of their goals which has been vital this season as defensive issues have persisted.

Since Mourinho arrived there has also been a more direct manner to their game with defenders clipping the ball up to Kane and hoping he can do the rest. He is their talisman and now he will be missing until at least mid-April.

Mourinho now knows the English national team captain is out for their Champions League Round of 16 clashes against RB Leipzig in late February and early March, and there seems to be a suggestion that he may not play again this season.

Tottenham’s top four hopes and chances of advancing in Europe have taken a big hit due to Kane’s injury as he was forced to play the entirety of the festive fixtures due to Heung-Min Son’s red card against Chelsea. Now it is all on Son to step up and deliver goals in Kane’s absence, just like he’s done in previous seasons.

As for Kane, England will be sweating on his fitness ahead of EURO 2020 and although Spurs have rushed him back from ankle issues in the past a hamstring issues is an entirely different proposition.

Kane needs to rest and Tottenham need a miracle if they’re going to finish in the top four this season.

Harry Kane suffers hamstring tear

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Jose Mourinho believes Harry Kane‘s hamstring injury will keep him out for a while, and on Friday Spurs confirmed that Kane has suffered a tear to his left hamstring and have not given a date for his return.

2020 has not started well for Tottenham.

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Kane pulled up clutching his hamstring in Tottenham’s disappointing defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and the England star left St Mary’s on crutches.

Speaking about his main striker ahead of their FA Cup third round trip to Middlesbrough this weekend, Mourinho isn’t exactly confident that Kane will be back soon.

But Mourinho doesn’t want your sympathy. Oh no. Far from it.

“I think we’re going to lose him for some period and because I am totally convinced of that I can anticipate that, I don’t want to sit here with you crying in every press conference now,” Mourinho added. “Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club. His quality, the routines that the team has been playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him. But I don’t want to be crying here all the time, I want to focus now on the players that are available. Now Son is back I prefer to speak about Son than Harry.”

Mourinho will at least have Heung-Min Son back from suspension for the trip to ‘Boro and beyond, while youngster Troy Parrott will likely get more minutes under his belt. They fact Liverpool and Man City in their next four Premier League games and Spurs are now really up against it as they battle with Chelsea, Man United and Wolves for a top four finish.

But losing Kane is like ripping the soul out of this Spurs team. He makes everything tick and sets the tone from the front, as well as scoring the vast majority of their goals. Since Mourinho arrived there has also been a more direct manner to their game with defenders clipping the ball up to Kane and hoping he can do the rest.

Mourinho will be hoping and praying that the English national team captain is back fit and ready to go for their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clashes against RB Leipzig in late February and early March, but by the sound of things that will be touch and go.

Tottenham’s top four hopes and chances of advancing in Europe have taken a big hit due to Kane’s injury as he was forced to play almost the entirety of the festive fixtures due to Son’s red card against Chelsea.

Had Son not been sent off, Kane surely would have been rested for at least one of Spurs’ games over the holiday season. Instead he ran himself into the ground and this hamstring problem is down to a simple case of fatigue.

Mourinho was ‘rude to an idiot’ to get yellow card; talks injuries, transfers

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho was yellow carded on Wednesday, and he accepts that he made a mistake.

Mourinho appeared to peer at a Southampton’s assistant’s notes during Spurs’ 1-0 loss, but it turns out he was proffering some naughty words instead.

“I think the yellow card was fair as I was rude, but I was rude with an idiot. But I clearly deserved the card I was rude.”

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Spurs had a very rough day at the office, conceding early to in-form Danny Ings and then finding no way through a Saints team clearly happy to be clearance-happy.

Mourinho lost Eric Dier to an illness and didn’t have Heung-Min Son due to suspension, then saw Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane limp off the pitch.

“Without Harry things are more difficult because we don’t have a direct replacement especially without Son,” he said, via Spurs TV (video below). “Our possibilities on the bench were not many without Sonny. Harry is not a machine so sometimes he has to break and Tanguy is a very complex situation that started in August and we are in January and the situation is still the same.”

In another interview, he was given the chance to talk up transfers but again deferred to the inability to train given the fixture congestion. He wants to implement his system with these players before worrying about others.

“Come on, we need time to work. We need what we are not having. We need to focus on what we have. We are not looking to be the kings of the market. We are going to work.”