Mourinho looks to the future as Spurs struggle
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has said missing out on a European place would not be "the end of the world", highlighting the improved away form of Spurs as a positive for next season.
Spurs have won only one of their last nine games across all competitions, their latest setback coming with a 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United, and Mourinho knows that any hopes they had of Champions League football next season are fading fast.
With only six matches remaining, Tottenham need to finish the campaign with an almighty flourish just to have any hope of finishing in the top-four, with a top-six finish looking like their most achievable goal.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss admits it is entirely positive Spurs miss out on European football altogether but is trying to look on the bright side ahead of Monday's visit of Everton.
"I believe, but it is also possible that does not happen," said Mourinho. "And if that does not happen, it is not the end of the world – it is probably the beginning of a new world because things change.
"The squads they change, the motivations they change, the group dynamic changes. The group that possibly was strong ten years ago is not strong anymore. A player that was in the maximum of his motivation is not anymore and vice-versa.
"It is also possible that we don't get into a top-six position, but we have to look at it with optimism. If you analyse last year, how many matches did Tottenham win away from home? When I arrived I think it was almost a year without an away victory."
Tottenham are 1.95 to beat Everton on Monday night, with the Toffees 3.80 and the draw 3.60.
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