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Jose Mourinho doubts Chelsea can improve squad in January

:Headline: Jose Mourinho doubts Chelsea can improve squad in January:
Tottenham are currently nine points behind the Blues in the battle for Champions League qualification and the Spurs boss is not looking too far ahead.
PA | 1mo

Jose Mourinho is unconcerned by Chelsea's transfer ban being lifted and believes his former club may struggle to strengthen their team even with a "multi-million budget".

Frank Lampard's Blues are free to sign players in January after their two-window ban was halved after appealing against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Spurs are currently nine points behind their top-four rivals in the battle for Champions League qualification ahead of Saturday's home game against Burnley.

Tottenham boss Mourinho, whose second spell at Stamford Bridge ended in 2015, expects the reduction of the FIFA sanction to have minimal impact.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, right, says Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard has plenty of options (Martin Rickett/PA)

"I'm not worried with that. First of all, I'm not looking to the distance we have to Chelsea," said Mourinho. "Between us and Chelsea there are still two or three teams, so you cannot look so high and so far in this moment.

"The second situation is for me that it's not easy to get better players than they have – they have very good players.

"I don't think even with a ban or even with a hypothetical multi-million budget to spend, I'm not very, very sure they can get much better players than they have."

Mourinho suffered his first defeat since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino when Spurs were beaten 2-1 at Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

Out-of-favour midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was once again used as a substitute in that game.

Christian Eriksen has found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Denmark international has yet to start a match under his new manager and has been linked with a free transfer move to Old Trafford.

Mourinho has spoken to the 27-year-old about his future and says the club is more important than individuals.

"My feelings are until I have anything official, rather than hypothetical things and speculation, there is not much to comment," said Mourinho.

"Of course I have had a conversation with him, of course I have to defend the best interests of my club.

"My club is more important than my players and my players are more important than me. But the club is more important than any one of us, so that's the way I think.

“I don't think even with a ban or even with a hypothetical multi-million budget to spend, I'm not very, very sure they can get much better players than they have.”
- Jose Mourinho on Chelsea

"I'm not going to answer you. I think that's him that has to tell you.

"Is he a fantastic player? He is. But the situation is that I have to think first in the club interests.

"What we spoke, I am perfectly fine with it. I have absolutely nothing to hide."

During the midweek defeat to United, Spurs conceded twice for the fourth consecutive match of Mourinho's short tenure.

The Portuguese, who will rest his players in next week's Champions League dead rubber against Bayern Munich, admits his porous backline needs tightening but says it will take time and is eager to avoid reducing the team's goal threat.

"We have to sort out our defence without losing what we have in attack," he said. "We concede two goals in each one of my four matches but we score in all of them, we could score even more than we did.

"But we are conceding too much and we are conceding cheap goals and we have to try to stop it. The best way to do it is to work, (but) we have no time to work (at the moment).

"Let's wait a little bit until next week where we have the Bayern match. That will be a match when I am going to rest some players, so I will work with the players who are not going to be involved."

Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, defender Ben Davies and winger Erik Lamela remain sidelined for the visit of the Clarets.

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6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2481063532334
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
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15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
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18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
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