Jose Mourinho press conference: Tottenham manager on Christian Eriksen contract latest, Chelsea’s transfer ban and potential January transfer business

Frank Lampard is now free to sign players in the January window after their two-window ban was halved on appeal by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

Mourinho’s Tottenham are currently nine points behind their top four rivals in the battle for Champions League qualification and he said: “I’m not worried with that.

“First of all, I’m not looking to the distance we have to Chelsea. Between us and Chelsea there are still two or three teams, so you cannot look so high and so far for this moment.

“The second situation is that it’s not easy to get better players than they have, they have very good players.

“I don’t think even with a ban or even with a hypothetical multi-million budget to spend, I’m not very, very sure they can get much better players than they have.”

Mourinho also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…


Christian Eriksen contract discussions

“My feelings are until I have anything official, rather than hypothetical things and speculation, there is not much to comment,” said Mourinho.

“Of course I have had a conversation with him; of course I have to defend the best interests of my club.

“My club is more important than my players and my players are more important than me. But the club is more important than any one of us, so that’s the way I think.

“I’m not going to answer you. I think it’s him that has to tell you.”

On what needs to be done with the defence

“We have to sort out the defence without losing what we have in attack. We conceded two in each game but we scored in all of them and could have scored even more than we did.

“But you are right; we are conceding too much, and conceding some cheap goals and we have to try to stop it. The best way to do that is to work and we haven’t had time to work.

“After the [Manchester] United game, yesterday was a day of complete recovery and today was the second recovery day, the day before the next game. So the conditions to work on the pitch are not the best. So less work, more analysis, more meetings, more talk.

“I’m not a meeting coach. I am a pitch coach, that’s where I really like to coach, on the pitch, and that is where you can accelerate the process. So let’s wait a little bit until next week where we have of course the Bayern match, a match where I’m going to rest some players. So I will work with the players who are not going to be involved and let’s wait also for the week before the Chelsea game.

“It’s on the pitch where we can really improve things. But to analyse, to comment, to coach in the meeting room helps. So hopefully we get some positive things after some negative things we have had.”

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