Andy Townsend has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he believes Jose Mourinho will be targeting success in the FA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur, as winning a trophy means a lot to Spurs fans.
Tottenham have won all three games in charge under Mourinho, scoring 10 goals against West Ham, Olympiacos and Bournemouth. They have been drawn against struggling Championship side Middlesbrough, though they are away from home.
During Mauricio Pochettino’s reign, Spurs failed to win a trophy with the Argentine focusing mainly on the Champions League and indeed qualifying for the continental competition by finishing in the top four.
Former Chelsea midfielder reckons Mourinho will look to the FA Cup as a way of ending criticism of a lack of silverware at Spurs. The north Londoners will take on Middlesbrough in early January, with ties taking place between 3-6 of January.
“I think Jose, being the type of manager he is, will be very aware with the fact that – even with all the talk of finishing in the top four – that it is important to win a trophy and how important it is for Spurs,” Townsend said.
“As a serial trophy winner, trophy hunter, I think he will be using the FA Cup. Absolutely [it is his best chance of winning something]. He’ll be going for it full tilt. I think the Spurs fans will welcome that.”
TBR’s view – Townsend is spot on, Mourinho needs to win FA Cup
To prove that Spurs are really a top, top club and to keep their players on side, they need to win trophies. Spurs are unlikely to win the Champions League and certainly will not win the Premier League this season.
Having already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup to League Two side Colchester United, Mourinho is left with little choice but to target the FA Cup which promises their best chance of winning a trophy this campaign.