After his side momentarily reached the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at West Brom, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has reiterated how tough it will be to win the Premier League title.
For the first time since August 2014, Harry Kane’s 150th Premier League goal two minutes from the end sent Spurs to the top, even though they are likely to be replaced as later games take place between Leicester and Wolves, and Manchester City and Liverpool.
Since the opening day of the season, Spurs are now unbeaten and seem to be contenders for the championship, with four consecutive away wins.
However, Mourinho is not joking about how difficult it would be to win his fourth crown in the Premier League.
‘There is often a clear connection to your direct opponents when a team is champion or plays for the championship,’ he said after edging a close game at the Hawthorns. ‘I would suggest that, in several European countries, this team might be champions.
‘The Premier League is the hardest to be because you can have a successful season in the Premier League, you can have a lot of points, but in the end: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Leicester, Arsenal. But you can’t be a champion and have a good season.
What should we do, then? We’re going to match by match. We’re fighting to win, and we don’t care about other people.
‘I’m not concerned about Leicester v Wolves or City v Liverpool, I assure you. When Liverpool wins, it’s because points are lost by City. If Leicester wins, it is because points have been lost by Wolves.
‘I don’t care, so I just want the team to play match after match, and then let’s see where we are at the end of the season.’
Getting a striker like Kane in his ranks would certainly help Mourinho’s chances as the captain of England scored his season’s 13th goal to go joint ninth in the Premier League scorers’ all-time list.
In the 88th minute, Kane headed home Matt Doherty’s cross to continue his incredible start to the campaign.