- Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will host Chelsea in the Carabao Cup 4th round
- The tactician will be made to face his former club in a mouthwatering fixture
- Mourinho says Spurs’ grueling fixtures has made him give up on the Carabao Cup
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Jose Mourinho has lamented the spate at which his Tottenham side will play this season, claiming he has already given up on the Carabao Cup due to Spurs’ grueling fixtures.
Tottenham face Chelsea in the fourth round of the competition on Tuesday night, September 29 which will be their third game of five in just 11 days.
The Portuguese tactician says he will better put more energy on their Europa League qualification game at home to Israeli side Maccabi Haifa as a win in that game will ensure his side qualify for the tournament proper.
Mourinho said: "I would like to fight for the Carabao but I don’t think I can. The group phase of the Europa gives us a certain amount of money that, for a club like us, is important."
Asked if he was going to rotate his players, the manager added: "The EFL made the decision for us. They didn’t even create us a problem, they made the decision for us."
The Special One also commended his boys despite their 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, when a controversial handball decision cost them victory in stoppage time.
Recall that Lucas Moura's first half strike was not enough to secure Tottenham Hotspur victory as Newcastle staged a comeback to share the points.
And Chelsea on the other hand had to stage a magical comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 away at West Brom.
Mourinho however dismissed insinuations that Spurs will knock the Blues out of the Carabao Cup.
"Are you joking or serious?" queried. "Chelsea played on Saturday, they have Sunday and Monday. Then they play Tuesday and then they play again on the weekend.
"So, with their fantastic squad, if their manager decides not to rotate, he can perfectly play with the players he wants."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly shifted their focus to landing Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke before the transfer window closes.
The North Londoners confirmed that their influential winger, Son Heung-min picked up a hamstring injury in their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United..
This has now reduced Jose Mourinho's options upfront with a pile of matches to be played across competitions this campaign.
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