Mourinho all smiles ahead of derby debut

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 12:30pm

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JOSE MOURINHO faced the media for the first time since his appointment as the new Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach, suggesting he was aware that something was in the pipeline regarding his return to the Premier League.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United chief takes charge of the North Londoner for the first time on Saturday lunchtime when they face capital rivals, West Ham United at the London Stadium. However, the 56-year-old was quick to praise outgoing manager, Mauricio Pochettino for the job he had done during five and a half years with the Lillywhites.

“I thought about it during these months because I thought I might get a job mid-season and I might have a game two days later,” Mourinho explained.

“We have our own ways but they were in the hands of a good manager and coaching staff here.

“I’ve been smiling for two days.

“First of all, I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio.

“I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did. I share with you what we shared inside. This club will always be his home, this training ground his training ground. He is always welcome here.

“Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club. He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt.

Despite Tottenham’s indifferent start to the season, Mourinho spoke positively about the squad of players he has inherited, adding: “The best gifts are the players who are here. I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better.

“I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.”

Mourinho’s style of football has been criticised in certain quarters, However, a string of honours gleaned across Europe suggest he can bring success to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Indeed, the Portuguese confirmed he would largely stick to his principles, saying: “Very similar to before.

“Of course, I will try to add details, and sometimes details can make the difference.

“Progressively we can arrive to a fingerprint. The style of play must be adaptive to the club culture and also the players here.”

And the new man in the hot seat offered renewed hope to the Spurs faithful: “We can’t win the Premier League this season. Next season, I’m not saying we will win it, but we can win it.”

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:

West Ham United won: 64
Drawn: 52
Tottenham Hotspur won: 96

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meetings (all competitions):

October 25, 2017 – League Cup
Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 West Ham United

January 4, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United

October 20, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

October 31, 2018 – League Cup
West Ham United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

April 27, 2019 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Ham United

Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Brian Jeeves

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