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Jose Mourinho targets Europa League hat-trick despite 'crazy' Tottenham fixture schedule


Jose Mourinho is targeting a Europa League hat-trick, but warned it will not be easy for his Tottenham side to get out of the group amid “completely crazy fixture congestion”. Spurs begin their European campaign with a visit from Austrians LASK. Mourinho has already won the Europa League with Porto (when it was the Uefa Cup) and Manchester United. The boss wants to join Giovanni Trapattoni and Unai Emery by winning Uefa’s secondary club competition three times. “We’re going to try [to win it],” the Spurs boss said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times we managed to win it. So the record is great, never knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase, but managed always to win it. “It is difficult. It is a very long competition, the group phase is tricky, then you go to the knockouts and you get teams coming from the Champions League, which is very unfair.” Mourinho is wary of overconfidence. “We have to make sure that the stats don’t make us believe it’s done,” he said. “We need nine, 10, 11 points to make it. We will have two matches in December in the midst of crazy fixture congestion.' “We have to make sure that we start in a positive way, getting points and qualifying. The group is very compact. Belgium teams are never easy, LASK is very difficult to play against. Ludogorets are not going to be easy. So, first of all let’s qualify and then let’s see after.”
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