Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is currently speaking in his regular press conference ahead of Saturday’s early match between Spurs and Leeds United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And there’s some good news! After missing out in the match against Wolves last weekend, Mourinho will have Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius available for selection.
Jose Mourinho also confirmed that he expects both Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius to be back for the Leeds game after missing out last time at Wolves.— Rob Guest (@RobGuesty) January 1, 2021
However, it appears as though Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo Celso are still on the injury list with as of now no real timetable as to when they will return.
The man points of discussion in the press conference were less about Leeds and more about the opening of the January transfer window and Mourinho’s personal feelings about the midweek match against Fulham being postponed at the last minute for COVID positive tests within the Fulham squad. Regarding January transfers, Mourinho reinforced past reporting, saying that he doesn’t expect to do any business at all in the mid-season window.
“I’m not expecting [to make any signings], no. Times are not easy. the club made a big effort in the summer to try and build a good squad. Honestly, if something good happened for us, it would be a big surprise for me.”
There are some suggestions that funds could be made available for a January signing if want-away players such as Dele, Danny Rose, or Paulo Gazzaniga secure transfers, but even that seems unlikely, at least on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, Mourinho seemed especially cranky about how the Premier League handled the postponement of Wednesday’s home match against Fulham. Spurs didn’t receive the final word about the match being canceled until three hours before kick-off, which made the already prickly manager even more upset. As he often does, he intimated a lot about his unhappiness while saying that he doesn’t really want to talk about it.
“I don’t want to speak too much about it. Just to say that I felt unprofessional, but that’s the way it was.
“Of course, we were preparing ourselves for that match and of course we didn’t play and that is disruptive of what is a week of work. The training sessions before that of course they would be different if we were going to play that game.”
Mourinho went on to comment about a potential “circuit breaker” pause in the Premier League schedule due to the out-of-control COVID-19 spread currently happening in the UK, and the outbreaks popping up at Premier League clubs.
“We are in a position where I don’t believe opinions matter. For sure, for sure my opinion doesn’t matter at all. I think you feel since the beginning of everything that I was always in favour of playing, I was always in favour of making all the possible sacrifices to play. But when we arrive into a situation that for me is very, very doubtful I prefer not to speak and just to be ready, to be ready. And thinking that tomorrow we’re going to play.”
Tottenham kicks off against Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. GMT.