Tottenham CAN finish inside Premier League top four this season but Jose Mourinho admits ‘anything can happen’, as Harry Kane likely to play against West Ham

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Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham can still finish inside the Premier League top four this season.

A promising start to the 2020/21 campaign, which saw Spurs as leaders for a short time, has since been replaced by a dismal run of recent results.

Tottenham are still in the race for the top four, says Jose Mourinho

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Tottenham are still in the race for the top four, says Jose Mourinho

Spurs find themselves in ninth and six points off a Champions League place, albeit with a game in hand.

Mourinho’s side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and have a crucial match against fifth place West Ham on Sunday.

Lose that and they will be nine points off the top four heading into the final third of the season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said: “The same way you lose three matches and go to a bad position, the same way you win three matches and go to a much better position.

“Like it happened last season, let’s keep it going until the end and let’s see what the table will give us.

Tottenham are six points off the top four

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Tottenham are six points off the top four

“In the end, the table always gives you what you deserve and it’s very premature to think about the definition of the table.

“People still have matches in hand, and in our case we have played already two matches against Liverpool, two matches against Chelsea, two matches against Manchester City; there are other teams who haven’t played a second game against one of the top teams.

“We have one match in hand. I know already because Southampton has to play the quarter-final of the FA Cup in the same weekend we should play I know already we are not going to play that match.

“It’s very complicated so we have to fight and we have to wait until the last match to see what happens because anything can happen.

“We can finish top four, we can finish top six or we can finish outside top six. Anything can happen and we must make sure the best possible thing can happen.”

Harry Kane missed the midweek Europa League win over Wolfsberger with the club opting to rest him.

Mourinho said Kane was concerned after his recent injury and a hectic schedule, but that his top scorer should be back involved against West Ham on Sunday.

Kane returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks ago

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Kane returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks ago

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p class=”p1″>“I believe so, but he’s an experienced guy that has had injuries in the past, he knows his body better than anyone,” Mourinho said. “He knows that I want him to play every minute of every game, so it’s never a question of a choice.

“I wanted to come here with the best team and the players that could give us more opportunities to win the game and get a good result, but he made the decision based on his feelings.

“His feelings were that to play this game could be a risk with the accumulation of minutes and the accumulation of minutes after the injury that he had.

“Of course myself and the medical department, we agreed with him in giving him this opportunity to take care of his condition, but I believe on Sunday he will be okay and ready.”