Jose Mourinho's Brilliant Response To Manchester City Potentially Being Deducted Points
Jose Mourinho was asked about Manchester City's punishment by UEFA, banning them from the Champions League for the next two years, but the Spurs boss just wanted to know about their domestic punishment.
City have been banned for alleged Financial Fair Play rules breaches and won't be allowed to play in European competition for the next two years.
That ruling, which City are set to contest, has been followed by reports the Premier League champions could also face a punishment by the league, that could include a retrospective points deduction.
Asked on Sunday about it Mourinho cheekily asked what it meant for the 2017/18 title race:
Mourinho: "I have to ask if the team that finished in 2018 is going to be champions, yes or no? That would be interesting but joking apart..."- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) February 16, 2020
At the time Mourinho was the manager of Manchester United and helped lead the Red Devils to second in the league, although they finished 19 points behind Pep Guardiola's champions.
Just a few months later the former Chelsea boss was sacked by United and he then claimed that finishing second had been his biggest achievement, saying, "I think that is a fundamental thing. If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say, 'this guy is crazy. He won 25 titles and he's saying that a second position was one of his best achievements in football'.
"I keep saying this because people don't know what's going on [behind] the scenes."
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At the time it seemed like a ridiculous statement to make but with the issues that United have had since, and had before too, in managing to finish even inside the top four it looks like the 57-year-old got it spot on.
The issues for City surround 2012-2016 so it's unlikely that any points deduction would be handed out for the season Mourinho needs in order to add another league title to his list.
This season Jose's sights are set a little lower but the two time Champions League winner could still impress by leading his Spurs' side into the top four, although they may only need to finish fifth to qualify for Europe's elite club competition following City's ban.
Spurs' win on Sunday against Aston Villa, thanks to a late Son Heung-min goal, took the side to within one point of Chelsea in fourth.
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