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Jose Mourinho says Fulham should apologize if he plays a strong side against Tottenham


Jose Mourinho has claimed Fulham will owe the rest of the Premier League an apology if Scott Parker’s side present a strong side to face Tottenham on Wednesday.

Parker himself has called the decision to rearrange the game initially postponed for midweek, after releasing a strong eleven for the FA Cup victory over Queens Park Rangers this weekend, “scandalous”.

Aston Villa was supposed to be Spurs’ opponent on Wednesday, but a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad saw them withdraw.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Mourinho has kept sympathy for the west London side and urged the rest of the teams in the division to keep playing.

He said: “They played on Saturday against QPR in London. They have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to prepare for tomorrow’s game. [Wednesday]. If they come with half the squad, I’ll be the first to apologize to them, and I’ll be the first to say that we played this game with an advantage.

“If they come with their best team, I think they should apologize to all of us. Come on, let’s play football, do the best we can, protect our industry, our image and play football. ”

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Mourinho’s Tottenham beat Marine in the FA Cup on Sunday | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

“We should see their team, their starting lineup, their bench, the players who are not involved.”

The match between Tottenham and Fulham was originally scheduled for the end of December but has been postponed due to the Cottagers coronavirus outbreak.

“After that, we may all feel sorry for them or we may all think they shouldn’t be talking,” Mourinho added. “My feeling is that they will play with everyone, maybe one player outside, maximum two, that’s just my guess. Of course we don’t have access to any of that information, it’s just a feeling I have, the best Fulham will be here.

“When we see the best Fulham, you realize a lot of things that just don’t make sense.”

Tottenham are seven points behind current Premier League leaders Manchester United but can narrow that gap to one with wins over Fulham and Sheffield United before the Red Devils face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

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