Tottenham’s Mourinho rules out summer overhaul
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out a summer overhaul of his squad as he looks to resurrect his side’s form after three consecutive defeats in all competitions.
Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino as boss in November, has had to make do with an injury-hit squad since arriving at the club, with long-term injuries to stars Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min leaving him short in attacking options heading in the final stages of the season.
But Mourinho has avoided talk of spending spree at the north London club this summer and has said that the ever-increasing price of players makes an overhaul infeasible.
“No, not massive changes” Mourinho said in a news conference on Tuesday. “First of all, that’s not what we think we need.
“Second because of the profile of our club and third because of what the market is. Year after year, it’s more difficult. I’m not thinking of an overhaul.”
Spurs sit in seventh in the Premier League, five points off of the Champions League places, but their push European qualification has taken a hit in recent weeks following back-to-back league defeats to Chelsea and Wolves.
The north London club also face an uphill task in the Champions League round-of-16 after they were beaten 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is hoping that Hugo Lloris can come back from his groin injury for Spurs’ trip to Burnley on Saturday, sources have told ESPNFC.
Lloris, 33, has worked hard to come back from a bad elbow injury during a defeat to Brighton earlier in the season.
The France international had surgery at the end of October before facing three months out. Lloris made his full first team return at the end of January and played seven games in a row in a four-week period.
Sources told ESPN that the goalkeeper needed some rest in the last few days, missing his side’s the Wolves defeat, but he should be available for the Champions League round-of-16 return leg next Tuesday.
Spurs next game will be Norwich at home in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.
Information from ESPN’s Julien Laurens contributed to this report.