For Jose Mourinho, the challenge of Tottenham & # 39; s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig falls somewhere between Rocky Balboa and Mission: Impossible tonight.
& # 39; You know I like analogies, & # 39; began the Spurs manager. & # 39; Sometimes I do good, sometimes I do stupid. & # 39;
He attributed the injury to Son Heung-min, who suffered a fractured arm at Aston Villa on Sunday and was called out.
Jose Mourinho produced another bizarre analogy in discussing Tottenham's peak crisis
& # 39; When I arrived we were on & # 39; the 12th floor, & # 39; said Mourinho. 'We came up the stairs and started climbing.
& # 39; But right at the beginning of & # 39; e stairs, they broke. That we were in trouble and we found a way to try to get up.
& # 39; We found a way, we started climbing … a lot of work, a lot of effort … and then & # 39; we arrived at & # 39; the fourth floor, which is where we wanted to arrive, came one and took the stairs away. So now we're in trouble.
& # 39; Now we're with our arms on the balcony & # 39; the fourth floor and now we have two options: one is to give up and fall and usually die, in order to & # 39; t be the fourth floor.
& # 39; Another way is to fight with what we have – no stairs, but arms. We will fight on that balcony with everything. & # 39;
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will have surgery on a broken arm on Sunday
And so it went on.
Stirring stuff, but still the smiles as crazy metaphors could mask Mourinho's frustration. And no wonder.
The news that Son could miss the rest of the season connects Spurs' misery to Harry Kane's serious hamstring injury.
Between both, Son and Kane have scored 33 goals this season.
Among the supporting acts, Dele Alli is the most productive, with eight.
Harry Kane injured his hamstring on New Year's Day against Southampton and is out until April
That Mourinho's first prediction was hefty: & # 39; No attackers, no markets, no players, nothing. & # 39;
Midfielder Harry Winks said: 'It's a massive blow for us. Son is a top player and in such good shape. He brings more than just his goals. & # 39;
Against Villa on Sunday, it appears that Son played with a broken arm for most of & # 39; s match, and yet found one last gasp winner, his second goal in & # 39; e 3-2 victory.
The injury to Son now means Mourinho's team is bad for the rest of the & # 39; s campaign
JOSE MOURINHO & # 39; S ANALOGYHISTORY
2006 – & # 39; Print? There is no pressure. Bird flu is crowded. You laugh, but I'm serious. I worry more about the swan than I do about football. & # 39;
2007 – & # 39; It's like having a blanket that isn't too small for the bed, & # 39; he said. & # 39; You pull the blanket up to keep your chest warm and your feet sticking out.
& # 39; I can't buy a bigger blanket because the supermarket is closed. But I'm content, because the blanket is cashmere. It's not just a blanket. & # 39;
2010 – & # 39; Look, I'm a coach. I'm not a Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real. & # 39;
2020 – & # 39; When & # 39; we arrived, we were on & # 39; a minus-12th floor, we came up & # 39; stairs and started to climb. But immediately in the beginning, the stairs broke, so we were in trouble and we were looking for a way to try to get up.
& # 39; We found a way, with a lot of work and a lot of effort and we started going and going and going, and then & # 39; we arrived at & # 39; the fourth floor, where we wanted to arrive, one came and took the stairs.
& # 39; So we're in trouble now. Now we have two options. One is to give up and we will fall and die normally – around the fourth floor.
& # 39; Another way is to fight with what we have, not stairs but arms. That, we will fight on that balcony with everything we have. & # 39;
Mourinho said: 'The only help we can now have, especially playing at home, is our audience. I can't ask for more than what the players give. They have to deal with this mental situation of losing Sonny to the loss of Harry a few months ago. I never ask any of our supporters. I ask this time, maybe they will give me what I ask. I believe that the players don't deserve it. & # 39;
Winks has been with Spurs for much longer than Mourinho, but even he has never known this evil in terms of injuries. & # 39; For the last few years, we've always found ways to get results, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I'm sure this game will be no different. & # 39;
Certainly, at last year's run-up to the Champions League final, Spurs scaled the mountain time and time again – against Barcelona, against Manchester City and then at Ajax.
& # 39; There & # 39; s no reason why & # 39; t should be different this season, & # 39; said Winks. & # 39; We have the mental power in & # 39; side and we have the experience now too. & # 39;
So far, they have been hard to copy without Kane, and have been unbeaten in their last seven games. & # 39; It's about work, mentality of players, but the situation in options couldn't be less, & # 39; said Mourinho. 'That's a very, very, very obvious situation. That's nothing you can do.
& # 39; It's very, very unfair – if you want to say that – for the players after such hard work, because they & # 39; ve got the 11 points back to fourth place in & # 39; a Premier League.
'When we get full of hope in this moment, very enthusiastic … and just the bad news – the first thing was to break our hearts and the second thing was to break our team. But we must recover from broken hearts and we must fight.
& # 39; Let's go with a smile, let's go strong. I will not give up and probably think opponents, "Wow, now is the time to kill them".
& # 39; I understand why they think so, but we will give everything and I don't think it will be easy for Leipzig to play against us. & # 39;
And he added, thinking ahead to Saturday: & # 39; I don't think it will be easy for Chelsea to play against us. & # 39;
The Spurs pilot will cut out their work, mind you. For all that Leipzig lacks in European pedigrees, they make it up in ambition and quality. Only Bayern are ahead of them in the Bundesliga.
Mourinho famously compared Chelsea's injury crisis in 2007 with possession of too little blanket
& # 39; To be second, one point behind and to fight for the title, I think that tells a lot, & # 39; said Mourinho.
The saving grace for Spurs is that Leipzig is also hit by injuries and suspensions. Their young coach, Julian Nagelsmann, has his own headaches to solve. But there is a reason he was also a candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
Did Jose have something to prove? & # 39; Prove? After 20 years of career and 25 titles? & # 39; Smile is.
He can just focus on sticking to that balcony.