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Jose Mourinho insists revamped Tottenham vs Fulham game ‘positive solution’


Jose Mourinho said Tottenham’s revamped match with Fulham on Wednesday was a “positive solution” after their proposed match with Aston Villa was postponed.

The Premier League made the decision on Monday as it was ruled that Villa could not field a suitable squad, having used a young players XI in their FA Cup fixture with Liverpool on Friday night. Fulham boss Scott Parker has revealed he’s not happy with the time allotted to prepare his squad.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Mourinho said: “The biggest impact is having games postponed. This is the biggest impact. The change in the order of matches, the impact is minimal I would say.

“At the end of the day, you have to play 19 games at home and 19 away, and two games against each team. So if it’s to help the Premier League go and end well, it’s a solution we all have to accept as a positive one. . “

A number of videos of teams celebrating their cup wins circulated on social media over the weekend, with Chorley and Crawley enjoying their wins without using much social distancing in their locker rooms.

Mourinho quashed any suggestion that the Premier League could be compared to these specific celebrations, saying: “In terms of dressing rooms, I don’t believe that at Premier League level, in a team’s dressing room, we have this kind of celebrations just by winning three points in the Premier League.

“When you get down to the FA Cup, giant killings, incredible times for certain clubs and playing careers, it can happen. Because it’s the crazy emotion of football that can lead to this.

“The reality is that the big show was a few celebrations after the matches in the locker room. And in the normal situation, that’s the beauty of football, of a small team beating the giant. But right now, they have to control and adapt. “

As Cottagers manager Parker made his disagreement with the revamped game known, when asked if he was being fair to Fulham Mourinho, he retaliated by referring to the late decision to postpone the original game to the end of December.

“Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this match. I had the news that I wasn’t going to play them two hours before the match started. ”

Lo Celso has not played for Tottenham since the 2-0 home loss to Leicester, and he and Erik Lamela were caught spending Christmas together alongside Sergio Reguilon in violation of the UK’s current restrictions against the coronavirus.

“[Lo Celso] is hurt. For a few weeks. “

When asked if Lamela was available, Mourinho added: “He is but I don’t know but I think you get what I mean. It can be selected for tomorrow [Wednesday], he can. Legally he can but I still have a decision to make. “

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England international Winks has been linked with a departure from Tottenham in recent months. He has entered the starting XI more often in recent weeks, but recent reports have claimed that La Liga side Valencia are considering a move for the midfielder.

“What do I have to say to stop this conversation? I said before, he’s not going anywhere. He’s not going anywhere. So when I say he’s not going anywhere, what more do you want me to say?

“He played the last few games. He didn’t play the last one, it was a decision to let other players like Gedson play and players who basically don’t play several minutes. Tomorrow [Wednesday] it is selected again. And if someone is talking with other clubs, I advise you not to waste your time, not to waste your time because it is not going anywhere. “

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