José Mourinho on North London Derby Victory and Europa League Hopes

José Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette's stunner opened the scoring, but goals from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld ensured bragging rights went to Spurs as they leapfrogged the Gunners into eight in the Premier League table.

As you can probably imagine, Mourinho was pretty happy with the whole thing. Here's what he had to say (via the Evening Standard) after the game.

On Aspiring to Finish Above Arsenal

Son equalised just minutes after Lacazette's opener

"You know that's a fan's view. I have to be more ambitious that that. I know that I could even look to the situation in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived if the championship arrived in that moment there, even with all of the problems after that, I think we would be fourth or fifth.

"I don't want to be selfish and only look at it as a fan, hypothetically, not yet, finishing above Arsenal."

Was that a little dig at Mauricio Pochettino?

On Trying to Qualify for the Europa League

"I would love to play in the Europa League. It's not a competition that I'm in love with or like very, very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League, you play Europa League.

"Because in my career I only played Europa League twice and I won it twice, it wouldn't be bad to play a third time and win a third time. So we have to fight until the end to try to try to finish in a Europa League position.

"Because the Europa League is not the biggest competition in Europe but it's the second and when a club wins the Champions League or when a player wins it or a manager does...well if you ask Lewis Hamilton if he wants to win Formula 2 or 3000 or whatever you call it, I don't think it will be a great deal for him.

"But it's a competition and I prefer to play Europa League than not to. I think it's a title Tottenham would like to get. Of course at United, it's a club with a dimension that thinks about the Champions League, but we played in the Europa League and we won it. I think we should do everything to play in the Europa League next season and we should fight for that."

On Actually Managing a Shot on Target This Week

Spurs were humiliated when they faced Bournemouth

Spurs famously failed to muster up a shot on target in Thursday's 0-0 draw with Bournemouth, so to score twice against Arsenal came as a real relief to fans.

"We played lots of attacking players and again today and we played with only two midfield players and one of those was Gio Lo Celso, who is mainly an offensive player. We always play with a lot of attacking players. I think sometimes we are not objective, always one more touch, sometimes too many people coming for the ball and not attacking spaces.

"Some other teams with less attacking power they are more objective and aggressive in the way they go.

"I think yes we have to improve that, but this is a team that had lots of defensive problems. Part of the attacking problems were caused initially by so many injuries. Defensively this was a team that conceded a lot of goals, very difficult to keep a clean sheet.

"As you know, when I arrived, for about one year without a victory away from home. Even in my time just three, but in this time after the lockdown, of course we conceded three goals at Sheffield but we kept three clean sheets and conceded a penalty against United, we conceded today a goal that is a monument of a goal."

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Source : 90min