With several key players missing due to injury, last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur bowed out of the competition as they lost 3-0 in the second leg to RB Leipzig on Tuesday at the Red Bull Area.
The German side went through to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 aggregate victory.
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“I think every team in the world would struggle with five or six of their most important players missing, it is as simple as that,” said Spurs coach Jose Mourinho.
“The players were on their limits fighting until they could but also from the mental point of view, the emotional point of view it’s very, very difficult to be on the pitch, to know that it’s a really difficult target to achieve. It’s really hard.
In the Premier League, Spurs are eight on the log standings with 41 points after 29 games. They are seven points behind Chelsea in fourth place which is the final automatic qualifying spot for the Champions League.
Mourinho admits that qualifying for the Champions League next season will be a difficult task for his struggling side.
“With the squad, we have at the moment it’s going to be very difficult. These problems are not going to disappear tomorrow,” said Mourinho.
“But we have matches to play, matches to fight in. You can see in our matches in the Premier League that we fight until the end … the players have to be very strong with the limitations we have.”
Tottenham are still without their influential captain. Harry Kane who is recovering from a hamstring while fellow forward Son Heung-min is sidelined with a broken arm and winger Steven Bergwijn will be out of action for a while after sustaining an ankle injury.
Mourinho’s men will host Manchester United on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.
“I’m pretty sure in the next match the boys will go again ready to give everything they can give. That is not easy for them at that level.”
By FARPost Reporter