Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Tottenham will lose 5-4 to Everton again when the sides meet in the Premier League on Friday night.
Everton emerged victorious from a nine-goal FA Cup classic against Spurs to reach the quarter-finals with an exciting and chaotic 5-4 overtime victory in February.
It marked the strongest FA Cup game between two top teams since February 1961 and the first time that a Mourinho side have both scored and conceded at least four goals in a single game.
However, Spurs boss Mourinho doesn’t think history will repeat itself this time around, with both clubs looking to make the top four and advance to the Champions League next season.
Mourinho’s side are seventh on 49 points with seven games to go – five points over Chelsea, fourth – while Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are eighth with 48 points, but have played one game less than Spurs and Chelsea and they remain eight games to play.
“This 5-4 game, I can only say if you score four goals you have to win,” Mourinho said. Sky Sports. “Carlo would probably say that a team that scores five can’t win by wrestling like they were.
“If you score five points you have to win 5-0 or 5-1. If you score four away goals you have to win it comfortably. Of course I would like to score four goals like we did in of the cup match, but you have to concede less, much less!
“Carlo will have similar feelings. We are of course coaches with a lot of experience and we know what our teams need. Teams have to be balanced in their qualities.
“If you ask me, do I believe another 5-4, 4-5, 4-6, 6-4… I don’t. I think it’s very difficult to happen again. But, the teams are very similar in their potential, very similar in their ambitions, and I can expect a very close game. “
Spurs forward Harry Kane, who is expected to tell the club he wants to leave if he does not qualify for the Champions League next quarter, will reach 20 Premier League goals for the season if he finds the bottom of the nets at Goodison Park on Friday. .
It would be the fifth time he has achieved more than 20 Premier League goals in a single campaign.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry pulled it off, while Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero did a better job scoring over 20 Premier League goals six times and Alan Shearer holds the record for doing so in seven seasons. different.
Despite ongoing speculation about Kane’s future, Mourinho was asked if he thought the 27-year-old would continue to break Shearer’s record, saying: “I think so.
“If his career is in the Premier League, I think he will break this record quite easily.
“I believe Harry in a normal season without big injuries that would keep him from playing for months, he would score so many goals every season until the end of his career, and the end of his career is not near. . “
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