Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho sad to see Tottenham make Europa exit

Jose Mourinho says their Premier League rivals' misfortune in Europa League doesn't benefit Chelsea

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Cobham

Jose Mourinho says he was disappointed with Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League exit ahead of Chelsea’s clash with their London rivals in the League Cup final on Sunday.

Tottenham crashed out of Europe’s second-tier competition on Thursday night after a 2-0 loss to Serie A side Fiorentina in Florence in the second leg of their last-32 tie.

I’m never happy when an English team loses

Jose Mourinho

Liverpool followed Spurs out of the Europa League following a penalty shootout defeat by Besiktas, whilst Arsenal trail Monaco 3-1 after the disastrous first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at The Emirates on Wednesday.

Mourinho, whose side drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in Europe’s premier club competition earlier this month, stressed that Chelsea don’t profit from the Premier League rivals’ misfortune in Europe.

“In this county, people forget we need English teams to succeed in Europe, to win match and score points,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

“I’m never happy when an English team loses because I work in this country and I am be affected by that.”

Mohamed Salah, who joined Fiorentina on loan in January, scored against Spurs in Florence, but Mourinho didn’t take particular delight from his on-loan forward scoring against their League Cup final opponents.

“Salah is going there to play and he is getting his time on the pitch, and that is the only thing we care about,” Mourinho added.

“[What’s important] isn’t that Salah scored against an English team, which I don’t think is good for anyone.”

Tottenham have history on their side ahead of Sunday’s showpiece after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Mourinho’s men in the League Cup final in 2008.

Spurs were 5-3 winners against the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day as Harry Kane beat Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois twice.

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