Europa hat-trick ‘would not be bad’, says Portuguese
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho set his sights on winning a third Europa League title after his side overtook Arsenal in the race for European qualification.
Mourinho accepted that Europe’s secondary competition was not a “great deal” for him or the club, comparing it to Lewis Hamilton competing in the second tier of motor racing.
But the Portuguese said Tottenham would “obviously” challenge for the Europa League next season, pointing out his previous victories in the competition with Porto (when it was known as the Uefa Cup) and Manchester United.
“It is not a competition I am in love with,” Mourinho said. “But when you cannot play Champions League, you play Europa League. In my career I only played in the Europa League twice, and I won it twice. It would not be bad to play it a third time and win it a third time.
“If you ask Lewis Hamilton if he wants to win Formula Two or Formula 3000 or whatever you call it, I can see it not being a great deal for him, but it is a competition.”