Jose Mourinho has won an incredible eight league titles in four different countries. But he is not even allowing his players to even think about the prospect of a ninth triumph at Tottenham this season.
Mourinho’s team moved into second place in the Premier League with a fortunate 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday.
But the Special One’s mantra, being drilled into his Tottenham players, is: win the next game and see what happens.
That game is at Ludogorets on Thursday back in the Europa League, where Spurs lie second in Group J after a limp loss to Royal Antwerp that infuriated Mourinho last week.
But with Gareth Bale coming off the bench to head the winner against Brighton and admitting that he is still nowhere near full fitness, and after six games unbeaten in the league, Mourinho’s team are clearly moving in the right direction.
England defender Eric Dier revealed: “It’s very early on – but our motivation is clear. We’re going into every game to try and win.
“We know that’s not possible but that’s our ambition. We’re going into every game, no matter the competition, believing we can win.
“That’s the objective, and the manager sets that tone. It’s very early on but we’re focusing game by game.
“The work with the manager has been great, because you know where you stand every game. He wants to win it and the focus is completely on that. No matter what the competition is. That’s always his focus and our focus.
“Anything other than that, is for others to discuss.”
That is probably wise, after Tottenham’s poor performance in Antwerp, after they threw away a three goal lead against West Ham at home – and after only a huge helping hand from VAR against Brighton, when only Bale’s late header earned them the three points.
But Dier believes that Bale’s arrival has given the Tottenham attack another dimension. The Welshman admitted after the game that he is still not fully fit but is working hard – Mourinho adding that the Welshman still does not have 90 minutes of Premier League action in his legs.
But Dier said: “He’s up and running again.
“He’s obviously getting his match fitness back and he’s looking better and feeling better every time. We’re very excited to have him here and obviously he helped the team massively on Sunday.”
A forward line of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Bale now gives the team real firepower, reckons Dier.
He said: “Everyone knows the quality those three have. They’re all fantastic players and they all have the quality to create a moment at any time.
“They also have the quality to connect with the rest of the team. Gareth’s goal came from a great ball from Sergio Reguilon and he’s finished it off.
“It’s great for us to have that quality within all areas. We have a lot of depth. We’ve got options up front to do different things.”