Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is hurt about having to make tough selection choices.
The Lilywhites have been in strong form in recent weeks which has led to Mourinho having had to make some difficult choices regarding his starting XI. Their front two of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have formed a solid partnership with some even now feeling that Kane and Son are the strongest attacking partnership in the Premier League this campaign.
Spurs are allowed to name just seven substitutes in the Premier League. Dele Alli, once hailed as one of the brightest prospects in English football missed out on a place in his side’s 18-man match-day squad for the game against Burnley.
“I’ll change [my team tonight] because my squad allows me to do it,” Mourinho said, as quoted by The Express. “It’s not a change of eleven players, it’s a mixture.
“Every time I don’t play a player, especially this season with the way everybody is working, I feel very hurt. I feel very sorry because everybody is working hard to play. It’s going to be that way but Tottenham with a very strong team.
“Sometimes the players make our choices easy when they don’t work hard,” Mourinho added. “But these boys – all of them – are making my life easy [because] I have everybody available and in conditions to play.
“But they are making my life difficult because then every time I have to make a selection, it hurts me.
“In the Premier League, with only a small bench you leave lots of people behind and I have to confess that hurts me deeply.
“Sometimes I feel that decisions are unfair to some players and that is hard. We work all together, the group is really a strong one where everyone wants to give what he can to the team.
“And then to select players and teams and to leave people out is really a bad feeling.”
Spurs will be aiming to win a major trophy this season in order to end their 12-year trophy drought. Their last piece of major silverware was the League Cup title that they claimed in 2008. Could this be the season that they finally do end their drought? Only time will tell.
So far, it does look like the top-teams are not at their best and as things stand, there may not be a single team which dominates the league.
These are all factors which could favour a team like Spurs winning the Championship.
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