📣 Mourinho on Alli's return, EL draw and Spurs' fantastic four

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Alex Mott

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Tottenham boss José Mourinho has been talking to the press ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley this weekend.

Here are some of the best quotes.

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On injury updates

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“Serge is fine, he’s fine. Trained today with the team without any limitations. As I was saying, everybody is training with the team and Gio is the only one that is not in conditions to play this weekend.

“I think even next week will be quite premature for not to say impossible, but he’s coming. Today for the first time in a long time, the medical department could watch the draw as they didn’t have any players inside.”

On Kane, Son, Bale and Alli playing together

“Did you give me four names or 11? You want to give the other seven? You could see against West Ham, it’s not from the start, but you had Bale, Lucas, Harry, Sonny, Dele so you had it. We didn’t turn the game around but we left the game with positive feelings.”

On drawing Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League

“When you are in this competition and you get to this stage you don’t get easy clubs. If you want to win it, sooner or later you have to play against the best clubs or the ones who go through the different stages.

“So the objective now is to win against Dinamo and then if later Arsenal and Manchester United are in the competition we have always to face them.

“I think, yeah it happened in the Champions League final, two English clubs, happened in the Europa League with Arsenal and Chelsea too. It’s something that can happen and if it does, wonderful for us if we are one of the two teams and wonderful for English football to have two teams in the final.

“But in this moment 16 teams, everybody wants the same so it’s very premature to think about it. Dinamo, they beat Krasnodar twice. Krasnodar is a Russian team and it’s never easy to play them. I played Russian teams many times and it’s never easy. They beat them twice.

“In the group stage, of course they won it, not only against Wolfsberger, but Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow. They are every season in European competitions.

“I played against them with Real Madrid in the Champions League. Croatian football is Croatian football, lots of talent. It’s a football country. Good stadium, I believe we are going to play there, good stadium. Not a very difficult flight, not too far.

“I feel very positive things but the most important thing is that we get to the quarter-finals.”

On Alli’s return to form

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“I’m happy with him. Difficult period. Sometimes small injuries in accumulation are more difficult than a big injury where after a few weeks or months you are back.

“Small injuries are mentally not good, players getting disappointed, lack of motivation, frustration. He went through all that.

“He came back. We had good conversations, training well, playing minutes or part of matches. Not yet a 90 minute match but he went through periods and basically now 75 or 80 minutes.

“Condition also improving. His feelings after matches always is better. For example in the first match in Budapest, he played 60 minutes or something like that and he super, super tired after the game.

“This time he played more and two days later, and basically second day of recovery and he’s good.”