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Mourinho on Champions League losers relegated to Europa League

Thu 10 December 2020 | 12:27

Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho believes teams that have not been successful in Champions League, should not be given a second chance in Europa League.

While

Manchester United

could have reached the knockout stage of the

Champions League

with a draw, they lost 3-2 to

Leipzig

to have a bitter elimination from the competition. The Red Devils have now been qualified for the

Europa League

after finishing third in their group in the Champions League, and it is possible that they will face another English team,

Tottenham

.

Man Utd will join the Spurs in Europa League knockout stage, along with

Shakhtar Donetsk

and

Ajax

, which can make things way more difficult for Jose’s team.

Now, Tottenham boss,

Jose Mourinho

has stated his opinion on why teams that are eliminated from Champions League should not be given another chance to compete in Europa League.

“It’s a point of principle, and if it happened to my team, I would feel exactly the same,”

claimed Mourinho

“It is the way it is and honestly it brings more quality to the competition.

“We cannot forget that, when you have eight new teams in the competition – eight teams that belong to another level and they drop to the Europa League – of course the level of the competition is going to improve.

“No doubt the quality improves, the intensity improves and it’s a good thing for the competition. But from the sport point of view is when I think it’s not fair that a team that doesn’t succeed in one competition drops to another.

“It’s the same thing as if you imagine the third team in the Europa League now there is another competition and third in Europa League instead of finishing goes into the third competition in the hierarchy in European football.

“Of course, now Manchester United become one of the top favorites to win the competition.

“The teams that drop down are always strong teams, teams that normally don’t belong to that level of the Europa League competition.

“Manchester United are one of the top teams. The group was very hard, PSG, Manchester and Leipzig, very hard.

“We all knew it was not going to be easy for any one of them and we all knew from that group a top team would drop into the Europa League.”


source: SportMob

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