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Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League – Sunday 4:30pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Preview:
JOSE MOURINHO is prepared to face Chelsea for the first time in the Tottenham Hotspur hot seat and insisted it’s now all about his new club as they look to leapfrog the Blues into the Premier League’s top four.
Mourinho led Chelsea to three top-flight titles during the first of two spells at Stamford Bridge, including their first in fifty years. However, the Portuguese chief confirmed that he is able to focus on bringing silverware to the North Londoners.
“Yes, of course. I can, maybe others cannot – I can,” the Spurs boss explained.
“For me, it’s a game. I am one hundred per cent Tottenham – one hundred per cent my club always, all my career.
“No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them, my previously. Everything. I kept nothing from them.
“I gave everything but they are my previous clubs. I give everything to my club – my club is Tottenham. For me, it’s so easy for me to play that game. Difficult because of Chelsea’s quality but not difficult from an emotional point of view. Not difficult at all – easy.”
Mourinho was handed a boost in the lead up to the match, with popular Belgian international defender, Toby Alderweireld, committing his future to the club: “When I read his comments the thing that immediately jumped was ‘I couldn’t be happier in another place’ – That’s the fundamental thing,” Mourinho explained.
“He loves it here, he was always happy here, he believes in a better future, he was more than happy to agree.”
Spurs have clawed back nine points on their city rivals since Mourinho’s arrival – the boss admitting Tottenham were ahead of schedule from when he linked up with the club in mid-November
“In terms of position, I’m ahead of where I expected to be,” he confessed.
“You depend always on results of your opponents – and I couldn’t imagine and control that Chelsea and Arsenal lost a few matches.
“The only control we had was to beat Wolves, who were ahead of us and now they are behind. Apart from that, we couldn’t control.”
Spurs are still without Ben Davies (ankle), Erik Lamela (hamstring) and Hugo Lloris (elbow). However, Tanguy Ndombele (groin) and Michel Vorm (calf) have trained this week and could be available to Mourinho.
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Head to head:
Tottenham Hotspur won: 54
Chelsea won: 70
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Last five meetings (all competitions):
April 1, 2018 – Premier League
Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
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 4-2 on penalties)
February 27, 2019 – Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea