Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wary of Middlesbrough threat ahead of FA Cup clash
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed Christian Eriksen will play against Middlesbrough in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough – despite reports linking the midfielder to Inter Milan.
The Danish international has started Spurs’ last four games, including the original tie against Boro at the Riverside, amid uncertainty over his future.
“Eriksen plays tomorrow. Every player we have has to be ready to help the team,” said Mourinho in Monday’s press conference. “We are not in conditions to think about anything else than that.”
Tottenham are looking to bring in new signings this month with Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko all out injured.
Spurs are said to be closing in on a deal for midfielder Gedson Fernandes from Benfica, yet Mourinho says he’s more concerned about Tuesday’s match.
“I am waiting for news but when I say I am waiting the news could be yes or no,” said the Spurs boss when asked about Fernandes.
“I am more worried about Middlesbrough than with the market. Of course, even if you get a player you can not play him in the replay.
“The players that can play are the players that were legally ready for the first game, not for the replay.
“My priority this month is to win tomorrow. It will be a difficult match. We know what Championship teams can do.
“We know what Fulham did to Villa, we know what Leeds almost did to Arsenal, we know what Middlesbrough did to us, it was a difficult match.”