Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho believes securing a top-four spot with his team this season would eclipse anything he has achieved as a manager in the past.

Mourinho has won top-flight titles in four countries, as well as two Champions Leagues, yet he claimed in the past that finishing second with Manchester United in the 2017-2018 season was the thing he was most proud of in his career.

But Spurs are suffering an injury crisis, with key players Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko ruled out for the long-term, and when asked about whether a top-four finish would eclipse his achievement with United two years ago ahead of their crucial game against Chelsea on Saturday, Mourinho simply said: "In these circumstances, yes."

Jose Mourinho has bemoaned his side's bad luck with injuries

A win over the Blues would move Spurs above their London rivals into fourth in the table, but defeat would leave them four points behind, and could see them finish the weekend as low down as seventh if other results go against them.

When asked about whether he has experienced anything similar to the injury situation Spurs currently find themselves in, Mourinho said: "For sure it happened (but) I don't think for such a period of time.

"The boys did fantastic to put themselves back in the position we belong.. that is fighting for the top four... the situation is difficult, no one else in the Premier League or even in European football, is in such a difficult situation in term of injuries in specific positions.

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"It's a good test of the players' resilience and spirit and a unique experience for them. We go together because next season we'll smile because we'll be in a very different situation."

Following the game against Chelsea Spurs have another crucial game in the race for the top four against Wolves on March 1 before a midweek game in the FA Cup fifth round against struggling Norwich.