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Mourinho aims jibe at Man City over UCL ban

Mourinho aims jibe at Man City over UCL ban, makes 2018 title claim for Man Utd

February 16, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Spurs manager has reacted to the news of Pep Guardiola's side facing a two-year suspension from European football.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has jokingly asked whether his former Manchester United side will be awarded the 2017/2018 Premier League trophy should Man City be stripped of their title win due to the club's Financial Fair Play violations. The latter is set to face further sanctions from the league board following their ban from European club competitions for the next two season.

A statement issued by UEFA last week revealed that the Etihad outfit currently face a two-year expulsion from the Champions League after breaching FFP regulations. As per English news outlet Independent, the club is also likely to be subject to a points deduction in the Premier League and also face the possibility of being stripped of the 2014 league title should a separate Premier League investigation confirm that financial rules were violated.

Following Tottenham's dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, Jose Mourinho albeit not too concerned about City's plight, asked whether his Man United team in 2018 will be handed the Premier League title should Pep's side be found guilty. The Portuguese manager has often described his runners-up finish with the Red Devils as one of his greatest managerial achievements despite having sat 19 points away from the City's total tally.

"My views is that I didn't lose one single minute analyzing what UEFA and FIFA [have analysed]," Mourinho joked.

"They have to analyse. If I go into that analysis I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 is going to be champions, yes or no? [laughing] That would be interesting. But joke apart, I just wait calm. I don't think about four or five.

"I just think about doing the best we can, the most points we can, the best position we can and then at the end of the season we will see where we are.

"I don't think this is about huge decisions or small decisions," he continued.

"It's about the rules, the law, it is or it isn't. From what I got is that UEFA punished them but they have the chance to appeal. I think until the appeal is finished, I think Manchester City has the benefit of the doubt. In the end of the process we will see if they are punished or not.

"[On the punishment] I have nothing more to say about that, I don't know."

Sunday's win over Aston Villa saw Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur climb into fifth on the Premier League table. The North Londoners are now just a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea who will take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

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