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Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Stamford Bridge – Premier League – Saturday 12:30pm
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Preview:
Jose Mourinho heads back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since taking charge at bitter capital rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. And although recording a rare Premier League success in West London would see Spurs leapfrog Frank Lampard’s men, Mourinho did his best to play down the hype surrounding his return.
“No, not special, one more game,” Mourinho explained.
“Because I’m a professional, as I’ve said every time I played my previous clubs, I’ll belong 200 per cent to my club.
“That’s it – the only different thing will be at the end of the game I can walk from the stadium to my house but even that I won’t take an advantage of because I’ll go back from the stadium with my players – I won’t use that advantage.”
Tottenham Champions League hopes took a hit during the weeks as RB Leipzig claimed a first-leg lead from their Round of Sixteen tie. Spurs clearly missed the influence of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and Mourinho was mindful that their absence could affect his side’s hopes of a top-four finish to the campaign.
“Sonny and Harry, they score the majority of goals that Tottenham score,” the Portuguese chief added.
“This season was so negatively special that we’ll be without them both at the same time for a lot of matches.
“So yes, not for me, my achievement, but collectively for this group of boys if we manage to finish fourth without Harry and Sonny it would be something incredible – an incredible achievement for the boys – so we have to give everything we have.”
Look out for Jose Mourinho’s full pre-Chelsea press conference courtesy of The Press Bureau – coming shortly…
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:
Chelsea won: 71
Tottenham Hotspur won: 54
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meetings (all competitions):
November 24, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea
January 8, 2019 – Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea
January 24, 2019 – Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
(Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties)
February 27, 2019 – Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
December 22, 2019 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea
Jeevesie’s prediction: Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur