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I believe in me and players to win trophies - Mourinho


Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse


Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Jose Mourinho has promised to end Tottenham Hotspur's trophy drought, even if he cannot produce an unlikely Champions League turnaround against Red Bull Leipzig tonight.

Trailing by a single goal from the first leg, Tottenham's task in Germany was made even tougher when January signing Steven Bergwijn was ruled out for the rest of the season with a sprained ankle.

Mourinho hinted that Bergwijn's absence will give an opportunity to 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, with Dele Alli again expected to play as a makeshift striker.

Elimination from the Champions League would guarantee yet another trophyless season for Spurs, who have not won anything since lifting the 2008 League Cup, but Mourinho is sure he can change that dismal record.

The Portuguese, who signed a three-and-a-half-year contract when he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in November, said: "I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware. I won it [silverware] at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.

"I am here for three or four months. I get the team in a very difficult situation and now even more difficult. But I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I will help the club to do it."

Bergwijn's injury means he joins Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies, who has not travelled to Germany, on the sidelines.

"Steven, I don't expect him to play this season," added Mourinho. "I've never had anything like this, but that's what it is. We were psychologically more down with the other injuries. We are confident.

"I'm very motivated, very calm, very positive, but if you want to imagine Leipzig without Werner, Schick, Nkunku, Poulsen, Forsberg, I am pretty sure the coach wouldn't be laughing as much as I am now."

Despite the fact he is without a number of key players, and Spurs have gone three Premier League games without a victory and been eliminated from the FA Cup, Mourinho has not given up on his team qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"This is one game," he said. "We were losing 1-0 at half-time at Burnley. It has happened a few times and we have a second half.

"How can you score two minimum without Kane, Son, Bergwijn? But there are many ways to score goals.

"Momentum is negative in this moment in terms of results. We lost and drew and one of the draws ended in a defeat on penalties, but the boys deserve something special.

"The boys give everything in a very honest way. If we look against Norwich, Wolves, Burnley, we fought against the circumstances and the boys deserve the kind of happiness that a Champions League win brings. But, sometimes, you don't get what you deserve.

"I prefer to be in their position, but they will feel the pressure."

Tottenham were without Kane when they produced a remarkable Champions League comeback to reach last season's final, but Mourinho was quick to point out that he does not have the same tools available to him as Pochettino.

"Without [Fernando] Llorente," Mourinho said. "So if we want the long balls in the box, we can't do it that way. We have to try another way. If we are waiting for the last 15-20 minutes to put the ball in the box and try for second balls, that's not the way to do it."

Alli is, once again, expected to play through the middle, with Sessegnon potentially given a chance on the left side of an attacking three.

"Sessegnon must help us," Mourinho said. "Ryan can give us attacking options. He is basically a winger.

"We need everybody. Especially without Steven, it's time for Ryan to get his opportunity."

Alli admitted that playing as a striker does not come naturally to him, but said: "This isn't a time to get our violins out. We have to step up and deal with these situations." (© Daily Telegraph, London)