It will be very hard for Tottenham Hotspur's injury-ravaged squad to qualify for next season's Champions League, manager Jose Mourinho said after his side were eliminated from the competition by RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
Tottenham are still without prized duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, both of whom are in recovery after undergoing surgery on respective injuries, and Mourinho doesn't expect January signing Steven Bergwijn to play again this season after spraining his ankle during last weekend's draw at Burnley.
Sanchez was pictured in training with the rest of the Tottenham squad today, and is now in contention to play against the Red Devils.
Tottenham officially knew their fate three minutes from time when Emil Forsberg scored with his first touch after replacing the excellent Sabitzer, to condemn the beaten finalists of last term to their exit.
I can not tell you what happened if it is about mentality, about confidence, but we know that something is missing.
Spurs now have nine Premier League games remaining to try and get back into the Champions League next season. He hasn't sort of pushed himself to the limits tactically to come up with something where he's going to get the best out of this squad at this moment in time.
Spurs no longer have any silverware to play for this season, and now sit seven points behind Chelsea in the race for a top-four Premier League finish.
Other than pointing to Tottenham's injury list, Mourinho added: "The first and second goals we conceded I saw the mistakes and I saw why we made them and why their defenders were dominant. These problems are not going to disappear tomorrow", said Mourinho, ahead of Monday morning's home match against his former side Manchester United.
"This time we are not going to recover any players for next Sunday".
"It's a great moment for the history of the club, for me as a manager, and for my young team", said Leipzig's 32-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann.
"People can say excuses but I'm pretty sure it is bad for anyone", said Mourinho.
"And we tried. We tried to the end, we fought, we gave everything, but it was not possible. We had to show maturity and fight, and we didn't do that". Fifth place could qualify for the Champions League if Manchester City fail in an appeal to get their European ban overturned.
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