Mourinho explains why he expects Chelsea to beat his Tottenham side on Tuesday

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Ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho revealed he has given up on the Carabao Cup and is instead prioritising the Europa League.

According to Mourinho, he has to give up on the Carabao Cup because his Tottenham side play Maccabi Haifa in the more lucrative Europa League on Thursday.

“I would like to fight for the Carabao but I don’t think I can,” Mourinho said.

“We have a game on Thursday that gives us not as much money as the Champions League but the group phase of the Europa League gives us a certain amount that for a club like us is very important.

“It’s a competition with a possible group phase that gives us a good chance to go through to the next knockout stage so this game on Thursday is very important for us.”

On the prospect of rotating his squad for Tuesday’s game against Chelsea, Mourinho added: “You can imagine that with a game on Thursday that decides a very important thing for us, I think the EFL made the decision for us. They didn’t even create us a problem, they made the decision for us.”

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