Jose Mourinho challenged his players at Tottenham Hotspur to adapt to stadiums without fans and insists that it is now “the new reality.”
Spurs will resume their campaign in the Premier League against Manchester United next Friday evening with the monumental task of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
In fourth, there is a seven-point difference to Chelsea, but in fifth, just four points are separating them from Manchester United, which could be adequate depending on how the Manchester City appeal against FFP violations goes.
A friendly against Norwich on Friday saw the teams battle for four intervals of 30 minutes to give both sets of players an increased workload and Mourinho was pleased with the work received.
“It has been a good session of training. We needed minutes, we needed to know the feeling of playing without our supporters here and it is the best thing to have this training session with another Premier League side. We need to adjust to this new fact, which is what we were trying to do, to feel like playing with an empty stadium. The points are there to fight for, and the points are there on the pitch with or without supporters and we and United will fight for them,” Mourinho told the official website of the club.
Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-Min, and Steven Bergwijn all won valuable minutes from injury in their recoveries. We have agreed to match them and give everyone about the same amount of minutes. We didn’t want any players to be within the limits of tiredness and of course, no one has played the four periods …What we’re working on tactically we ‘re doing in the training ground but the match was a lot more about winning, having minutes, strength, so it’s really important to do it to have this last week without injury,” Mourinho said.