Jose Mourinho might need more than a Carabao Cup final victory over Manchester City to keep his job at Tottenham into the new Premier League season.
The Champions League winning former Chelsea and Manchester United boss watched his side throw away a two-goal lead to get knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, putting his future at the club in doubt.
Despite a positive run of results which saw Spurs climb to the top of the Premier League table in November, they are now at risk of missing out on European qualification all together.
As well as their Europa League shortcomings, Mourinho’s men were knockout out of the FA Cup by Everton, and face the unenviable task of taking on Manchester City for League Cup glory next month.
While Mourinho felt the need to congratulate the Zagreb players in their dressing room following their memorable victory, his interview felt more emotional than usual.
He said: “They left everything there, they left sweat, they left energy, they left blood, at the end of the game they left even tears of happiness. Very humble, very committed and I have to praise them.
“On the other side, my team, and I repeat, my team, I am there, that didn’t look like they were playing an important match.
“If for any one of them it was not important match, for me it is because of the respect I have for my career and for my own job. Every match is an important match for me.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are eighth in the Premier League table and out of Europe
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“I believe for every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters and another attitude is needed.”
In those words were similarities to his final post-match press conferences in his last two jobs with Chelsea and United, and although there is no suggestion that he will be sacked at Spurs any time soon, he has acknowledged that things need to change.
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