Jose Mourinho wouldn’t be drawn into offering his opinion on Tottenham’s two key players ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final meeting at Wembley.
The Chelsea boss refused to comment in his pre-match press conference about Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen’s season’s so far, before his side line up against the attacking duo on Sunday.
Mourinho was asked whether or not he thought either Kane or Eriksen are good enough to play for Chelsea and he replied: “I don’t speak about them.”
Mourinho was then pushed further on the matter with a rephrased question asking the Blues boss what his assessment of Kane and Eriksen’s season’s so far has been. He again replied, straight-faced, with: “I don’t speak about them”.
It is obvious that during this week while Chelsea have been preparing for their game, that the 52-year-old manager will have highlighted Kane and Eriksen as the two players that his side are going to have to stop in order to win.
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Both Eriksen and Kane have played instrumental parts in Tottenham’s season so far and have, together, won games for Spurs almost single-handedly. Kane has been a revelation for them this year and has flourished under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring 24 times in all competitions, which includes at least one in every round of the Capital One Cup this season.
Eriksen has scored 11 goals of his own this season and has rescued points for Spurs on more than one occasion. Mourinho will have to look to stop in order to limit the damage that Kane can do. Eriksen and Kane link up very well, so Chelsea will no doubt look to cut off the supply to the striker by keeping Eriksen out of the game, which is easier said than done.
Despite not commenting on Kane’s season, Mourinho and his team have first-hand experience of how good he has been this year. There is no way Mourinho has forgotten his side’s terrible performance on New Year’s Day against Spurs, during which Kane chipped in with two goals, contributing to their 5-3 win.
Kane was given a rest on Thursday night for Spurs’ Europa League game with Fiorentina which saw them crash out of the tournament, losing 3-1 on aggregate, but he will no doubt be starting on Sunday along with several other players that are products of Tottenham’s academy.
Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend are all classed as home-grown talent like Kane and will likely be taking part on Sunday at Wembley.