Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – Sunday 4:30pm – Preview
It’s never going to be a problem for Jose Mourinho.
Having landed the Premier League title on three occasions during two spells at Stamford Bridge, the Portugese chief returns in charge of Chelsea’s bitterest rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, perhaps in the knowledge he is now best placed to emulate some of that brash success.
Spurs have transformed under Mourinho, establishing different ways to win – a trait familiar with the 57-year-old throughout his managerial career. Nevertheless, facing a Chelsea side two points and two places further back and themselves looking every bit title contenders, hold no fear for the Lilywhites boss.
“It’s another game for me, it’s another game for me, no problem at all,” he explained.
“Maybe we don’t go top of the league there, maybe Liverpool gets a point or a victory at Brighton and then we don’t go there top of the league.
“I don’t even know that so going there top of the league or with Liverpool top doesn’t change anything for us.”
“As I was saying since the beginning of the season, we are always contenders to win the next match – nothing more than that.”
“We are going to be there, three possible results. We know anything can happen, but we go there and our objective is to win the game.”
Mourinho made ten changes for the Lilywhites UEFA Europa League Group J clash with Ludogorets on Thursday evening but will revert to a line-up something similar to the one that saw off Manchester City when they head across the capital.
Giovani Lo Celso, Hugo Lloris and Steven Bergwijn were all excluded from the 23-man squad to face the Bulgarians on Thursday evening – the trio seemingly wrapped up in cotton wool ahead of the Blues clash. Mourinho was coy on his reasoning, adding: “Little things. Things that if I wanted to push, if I wanted to risk a little bit they could do it.”
Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns: “The team news is that we are the same as we were,” Frank Lampard explained.
Pulisic is back into contention for fitness. Kai Havertz played some minutes the other day, it is probably more just checking on his potential for match fitness.
“We are in pretty good shape.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur