Jose Mourinho sent Liverpool and Manchester City warning amid Tottenham form

Finishing in the top four and winning a trophy this season would be a “tremendous achievement” for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham.

That’s the verdict of former Spurs midfielder Danny Murphy, who believes Mourinho and his Spurs players have come in for some unfair criticism at times this season.

There have been questions over the future of the Spurs boss in recent weeks, with Tottenham facing fresh criticism after losing the north London derby against Arsenal and then crashing out of the Europa League last week, despite going into their second leg against Dinamo Zagreb with a two-goal advantage.

But Spurs bounced back with a 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday in the Premier League to move to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea as Mourinho’s men stayed in the hunt for Champions League football next season with nine games to play.

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Since then, Mourinho has aimed a dig at his critics, describing himself as one of the most important managers in the game.

And with a Carabao Cup final on the horizon for Spurs next month against Manchester City, Murphy believes that Mourinho can still turn this into a successful season for Tottenham.

Indeed, he reckons that while Spurs may not be able to compete with City over the course of the season in the league, he feels that in a one-off game, Mourinho can still guide his side to success.

He told talkSPORT: “Mourinho is very adept at using the tools he has. I don’t think he can make Tottenham into Man City or Liverpool and play that way with the players he’s got.

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“I think he looked at the group of players, and he’s tried to adapt the way he plays to get success.

“If Tottenham win that game against City and finish in the top four, that’s a tremendous achievement with that group of players.

“Some will sit here and say, ‘well, he should do that with that group of players’. No, the budget he has and squad he’s got doesn’t compare to some of the clubs he’s competing with.”

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