Europa hat-trick ‘would not be bad’, says Por­tuguese

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Sam Dean

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.”

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