All three games come following a home draw against Newcastle on Sunday in which Spurs conceded a contentious added time penalty – Mourinho refusing to criticize the new handball law or the use of VAR – and lose Heung-min Son on injury.
But Mourinho complained that he was forced to play a Carabao Cup draw between League and Europe commitments, and suggested that the added financial value of participating in the League group stages Europa had to take precedence.
“I would like to fight for the Carabao (Cup) but I don’t think I can,” said the coach who won the trophy three times with Chelsea and once with United.
“We have a game on Thursday that doesn’t bring us as much money as the Champions League, but the Europa League group stage gives us a certain amount which, for a club like us, is very important.
“It’s a competition with a possible group stage that gives us a good chance to advance to the next knockout stage, so this Thursday game is very important for us.
“You can imagine that with a game on Thursday that decides something very important for us, I think the EFL made a decision for us. They didn’t even create a problem – they made a decision for us. So that’s the decision.
Spurs lost the in-form striker Son to a hamstring injury at half-time to Newcastle and Mourinho said: “I think Sonny was just the first.
“More (injuries) will come. His was the first, but more will come.