Jose Mourinho insists Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League will not be over if they fail to beat Everton on Friday.
Sunday’s 3-1 home loss to Manchester United left Spurs in seventh, six points behind fourth-placed West Ham.
The result means Tottenham have lost 18 points from their Premier League winning positions this season, with only Brighton and Hove Albion (20) losing more.
They hope to bounce back from this disappointment against an Everton side who are also looking for a Champions League qualification spot, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men one point and a place behind Spurs, having played a game of less.
Mourinho admitted it was an important game for both sides, but the Portuguese believe Spurs have plenty of time to get back into the top four if they don’t come back to London with the three points.
“We’re very close, but there are more clubs around, with a few more points, others with a little less,” he said.
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“With more than 20 points on the table, it’s still open. The winner gets the points and stops the loser.
“Of course, I don’t think anything is going to be decided, but if one of the two teams wins and gets an advantage that can be important in the direct duel, not over all the others.
“This match is very important because the distance between the two teams is very short. Of course, they have a game in hand.
“The distance is short. They have similar goals. They will fight with us to try to get the best possible position and see if we and they can get a European position. It’s an important game. “
Tottenham are undefeated in their last seven away league games against Everton (W3 D4), while the Toffees have won just one of their last eight home games in the Premier League (D2 L5).
Despite this, Mourinho is well aware of the threat they pose on his side.
“They are going in the right direction,” he added. “They have a great trainer; one of the best in the world. They have important players and they have a very good team. This is just the start for them.
“Of course, this Everton is different from previous seasons. No one better than Carlo. I see a very good future. They have it all. They didn’t play in Europe, they had full weeks to work and develop.
“They can play in different systems. They have talent in attack. Quality in the midfield. Physics behind. They have a tactical culture. They have a very good combination.